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Amazon Reveals New Kindle Fire HD Models, Adds Fuel To Tablet War

Posted on September 6, 2012 AT 03:20pm

Amazon made several announcements today about their Kindle Fire tablet line-up, which is facing some serious competition from Google’s Nexus 7 as a de-facto Android device. In response, they’ve launched a whole slew of HD models.

First up to bat are the new Kindle Fire HDs, which both come in 7-inch and 8.9-inch offerings—and also have options for high speed 4G LTE wireless Internet access.

Most important of all, the price as been slashed on older Kindle Fire models, which will drive an bigger competitive wedge between Amazon and every other tablet developer in the market that’s not Apple. Here’s a look at every model the company announced today and how much they’ll take out of your wallet:

  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (32GB w/ 4G LTE) — $499
  • Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ (16GB) — $299
  • Kindle Fire HD 7″ (16GB) — $199
  • “New” (Original) Kindle Fire — $159
  • Kindle Paperwhite 3G — $179
  • Kindle Paperwhite — $119
  • Original Kindle — $89 (ad-free), $69 (regular)

For those of you who like to play video games on your tablets, the Kindle Fire HD models are the ones you’ll want to pay attention to, since they boast improved processors, dual speakers, and HDMI ports.

Of course, the HD screen is nothing to sneeze at either, and every model gets an upgrade regardless. If you happen to download most of your games from the Amazon App Store or Google Play, welcome to your new options.

Source: Amazon

McKinley Noble, Contributing Editor
McKinley Noble has been writing about video games for seven years as a blogger and journalist, with each job adding to his painstakingly alphabetized collection of retro gaming memorabilia. When not cracking jokes about the gaming industry, he's a talking encyclopedia when it comes to mixed martial arts and anything MMA related. Follow him on Twitter: @KenTheGreat1. Meet the rest of the crew.

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