Amazon announces the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and an upgraded Kindle Fire tablet

At today’s press event in California, Amazon, the world’s biggest online retailer, announced a number of Kindle e-readers along with a number of new Kindle Fire tablets. The new Kindle e-readers: Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Kindle Paperwhite 3G range from $69.99 to $179.99.

While the Kindle e-readers are nice, we’re more interested in the new Kindle Fire line of tablets. We were expecting Amazon to announce a newer version of the existing Kindle Fire tablet, and in typical Amazon fashion, they went ahead and announced 3 additional new Kindle Fire tablets ranging from $199 to $499.

Introduced today by Amazon was an updated version of the Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HD 8.9, and the Kindle Fire 8.9 4G.

Kindle Fire

First up is the Kindle Fire. The original Kindle Fire was announced last year and sold for $199. Today, Amazon announced an updated version of the Kindle Fire with twice the memory, faster processor, with a lower price. The new Kindle Fire features 1GB of RAM, a fast 1.2GHz dual-core OMAP4430 processor and more. The tablet still features the same 7-inch display and 8GB of internal storage.

Despite the higher specs, Amazon didn’t raise the price of the updated Kindle Fire or keep it the same, they shocked everyone by lowering it to $159. The new Kindle Fire will begin shipping on September 14 and is currently available to pre-order.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

In addition to the updated Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon also announced 3 new Kindle Fire HD tablets. Two of the models feature an 8.9-inch display while the third features a 7-inch display.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features an 8.9-inch display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. Powering the Kindle Fire 8.9 is a dual-core Texas Instrument OMAP 4470 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a forked version of Android 4.0.3. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet also features HDMI, Bluetooth, dual-band Wi-Fi, and more.

There will be two versions of the Kindle Fire 8.9: a Wi-Fi version, and a 4G version. The Wi-Fi version will come in both 16GB and 32GB models while the 4G model will be available in both 32GB and 64GB models.

The 16GB Wi-Fi Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will sell for $299 while the 32GB model will sell for $369. If you require access to the internet at all times, you can opt for 4G model which will set you back $499 for the 32GB model and $599 for the 64GB model.

Both models can be pre-ordered starting today (pre-order Kindle Fire HD 8.9 | pre-order Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G) and will ship on November 20.

Service for the 4G Kindle Fire 8.9 is provided by AT&T’s new 4G network (and existing 3G network). A data plan will be required from AT&T but will cost only $50 per year. The $50 fee will get you 250MB of data transfer each month. Users will also be able to upgrade their data plans to 3GB and 5GB, but pricing information wasn’t revealed for the higher data plans.

Kindle Fire HD

Last but not least, Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HD. The Kindle Fire HD features a 7-inch HD display (1280×800 resolution) with either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage. Powering the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is a fast dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor.

The Kindle Fire HD will set you back $199 for the 16GB model and $249 for the 32GB model. Both models and be pre-ordered starting today and will ship on September 14.

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