Amazon Launches Kindle Fire HD Tablet At $199 - Takes on Google Nexus 7
Amazon has introduced a new version of the Fire tablet, which is supposed to be 40 percent faster with a longer battery life called the Fire HD. The Fire HD will be available in a 7-inch version for $199 (16GB) or $249 (32GB). If you want a larger screen you can get the Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9-inch screen for $299 (16GB)or $369.99 (32GB). Those are of course the prices for the Wi-Fi versions as 4G compatibility is extra. If you feel the need for 4G internet service, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD with 4G will run you $499 (32GB) and $599 (64GB).
Amazon is competing with Apple, Google and other technology companies for a piece of the booming mobile-device market. The Google Nexus 7 ( review) is available for $199 and the iPad mini is coming soon at an unknown price point. The Google Nexus 7 appears to have a better quad-core processor (NVIDIA Tegra 3), compared to the dual-core brain in the Kindle Fire, better camera and a newer version of the Android operating system. It looks like Amazon has a tough battle ahead of them.
“We’re taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Kindle Fire HD is not only the most-advanced hardware, it’s also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price.”
Posted by | Thu, Sep 06, 2012 - 03:17 PM