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8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets become available

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8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets become available according to a press release on the Amazon official website. The price tag of 16-gigabyte version of the tablet is $299 while 32-gigabyte version cost $369. Sales of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with LTE support will start a week later and will be more expensive. A version with 32 gigabytes of internal memory may cost $499, and a 64 GB – $599.

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8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD powered by dual-core OMAP 4479 1.5 GHz processor and has a 1GB of RAM. The tablet comes with high resolution 1920×1200 pixels display with 254ppi density.  8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD could run on battery power about 10 hours. The tablet weighs 567 grams and equipped by a micro-USB connector and micro-HDMI. The Wi-Fi of the device is accelerated by using double antenna and MIMO technology.

Kindle Fire HD is running on modified Android 4.0 operating system. Amazon has developed its own tablet shell and Silk browser. Applications could be downloaded from the Amazon Appstore.

Amazon announced Kindle Fire HD tablets in early September 2012. 7-inch tablet was available in mid-September. The shipping of 8.9-inch devices was expected on November 20, but Amazon began shipping the device ahead of schedule.

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Kindle Fire HD tablets – 5 million units before the end of the year

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According to Digitimes Research combined sales of recently released 7 and 8.8-inch models of Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets should reach 5 million units before the end of the year.

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Digitimes Research forecast based on the analysis of components shipment. The shipment of 7-inch Kindle Fire HD components started in July. According to Digitimes Research half a million of 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be shipped in September and about a million units in October. Overall sales of 7-inch Kindle Fire HD should reach 2.9 million units at the end of the year.

Monthly shipments of 8.9-inch model of Kindle Fire HD may reach one million units. Overall sales of 8.9-inch model of Kindle Fire HD tablets should reach 2.2 million devices.

Amazon may sale from 3.5 to 4 million 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets before the release of the next version of Kindle Fire.

7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets are currently available. The tablet powered by dual core 1.2 GHz processor, has 1 GB of RAM and microHDMI slot, equipped by frontal camera, supports superfast Dual-Band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet comes with high quality IPS dispaly with resolution of 1280×800 pixels and superior quality Dolby Audio. The price on the model with 16GB storage is $199. 32GB model is also available for $249.

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