Amazon announces new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fires

Amazon has announced an update to its Kindle Fire Android tablet as well as a new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, both of which will go on sale in the UK.

What is the Kindle Fire HD?

The Kindle Fire HD is the latest tablet from Amazon. Unlike most Android tablets, the Kindle Fire uses Amazon’s own tweaked version of the operating system so it can only be used with the Amazon appstore and is restricted to certain services.

The previous Kindle Fire had a 7-inch screen but the Kindle Fire HD has either a 7-inch or 8.9-inch screen with an HD resolution of 1920×1200 pixels – although it looks like only the 7-inch version will go on sale in the UK.

Amazon also claim that the processor makes the Kindle Fire HD as fast, if not faster, than its rival tablets.

Amazon has also announced a new version of the Kindle ebook reader the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite.

Kindle Fire HD key specifications

  • 7-inch display with 1280×700 resolution
  • 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4470 processor
  • Dolby Digital speakers
  • 10-point multi-touch screen
  • Front facing camera for video calls

What’s new in the 7-inch Kindle Fire?

As well as the new HD Kindle Fire, Amazon announced an update to the original version which will also come to the UK. This will now come with a faster processor and double the Ram – Amazon claim this will make it 44% faster than the previous version.

When can I buy them?

Both models will begin shipping in the UK on October 25, with the 16GB 7-inch Kindle Fire HD costing £159 and the new Kindle Fire costing £129.

Which should you buy?

We compare the models in our Amazon Kindle Fire vs Kindle Fire HD post to see how they stack up.

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2 replies

    1. Hi Rebecca,

      It’s likely that it won’t be released in the UK any time soon. Amazon often hold back some products for the US only (like the original Kindle Fire) so it might not appear in the UK at all. We hope they will offer it at some point, but I would be very surprised if it appeared this side of Christmas.

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