Amazon Starts Shipping 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire HD (Wi-Fi Only)

By Sumit Passary | Nov 17, 2012 01:08 PM EST

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Amazon announced on Thursday, Nov.15 that the Wi-Fi version of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will start shipping from Nov. 15.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is Amazon's latest tablet in the bigger tablet market, which is expected to rival iPad, Nexus 10, and Microsoft Surface tablets.

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"Kindle Fire HD has been Amazon's best-selling product worldwide since launch, and that was before we even started shipping the best tablet we've ever built," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. Limp further added "With the holiday season upon us, we're excited to make our $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9" available early-we think customers are going to love web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more on the large, stunning HD screen, with fast Wi-Fi and exceptional audio."

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD features a 1920 x 1200 resolution HD screen with 254 pixels per inch (ppi).  The latest generation TI OMAP 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine, which is capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second, powers the Kindle Fire HD. The Kindle Fire HD measures 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches and weighs 20 ounces.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is available with 16/32GB on-board storage versions and there is no room for a microSD card with which a user can expand the memory. The tablet includes only a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera.

Amazon claims that the tablet can give 10 hours of continuous usage to customers. The company also confirmed that the Wi-Fi and cellular version of the tablet will start shipping from Nov. 20 onwards.

Amazon is selling the 16GB (Wi-Fi only) version of the tablet for $299 and the 32GB has a price tag of $369.

Amazon's Kindle tablets have been quite popular in the 7-inch tablet space. Time will tell if the 8.9-inch version will get a warm welcome from tablet enthusiasts.

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