/// Amazon’s New $299 Kindle Fire: 8.9-Inch HD Screen, Longer Battery Life

September 6, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Amazon, Inc. at a press event in Los Angeles today showed off new versions of its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said makes up 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S. Called the Kindle Fire HD, the new Kindle Fire is 20 percent faster, with a faster chip from Texas Instruments (OMAP 4470) that Bezos said outperforms Nvidia’s Tegra 3; more RAM and a longer battery life. It has a 8.9-inch HD screen with a 1920 by 1200 resolution display. There’s 25 percent less glare with this screen, too, with a laminated touch sensor. It has 16 gigabytes of onboard storage, compared with the original Kindle Fire’s eight gigabytes of storage, and is WiFi-enabled, with two antenna. The 16-gigabyte, 8.9-inch tablet will cost $299 and ship in November. A 7-inch, 16-gigabyte version of the Kindle Fire HD costs $199, and ships September 14. The original Kindle Fire tablet now costs $159. A few new features have been introduced so far with the Kindle Fire HD: dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus — the first tablet on the market with such a feature — and WhisperSync Voice, which lets users sync between an audiobook and the text version of a book

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