Kindle Fire HD 8.9” now for $269 in US, launches in Europe and Japan

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Kindle Fire HD - now available in US for $269 dollars

Amazon has just announced that 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD was launched outside US and is available on Amazon sites in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, as well as Japan.

At the same time the price of the Amazon’s biggest device was reduced in Kindle Store US. Now the cheapest version, ad-supported 16GB, costs $269 – $30 less than before.

We’re thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9”. Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9” to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers.

Japanese Amazon offers Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ for ¥ 24,800. In the UK it costs £229. In other European Kindle Stores the price is set to €269 – in dollars it would be 350 at today’s currency rates. The difference in prices between the US and other countries is surprising. So far, Amazon was trying to launch Kindles abroad at price level comparable to the US.

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Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inchKindle Fire HD 8.9″

High Definition Touchscreen Display
Rich, immersive, video. Beautiful, vivid photos. Crisp, detailed text. Enjoy your favorite content on a large, beautiful 1920×1200 display, capable of playing movies and TV shows in up to 1080p high definition. At 254 ppi, the display on Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is high enough quality that individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye. The result, an unparalleled viewing experience, no matter what you want to watch.

Reduced Screen Glare
Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass – an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that’s easy to view, even in overhead light.

Exclusive Dolby Audio
Kindle Fire HD uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience, with or without headphones. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology used to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows. Kindle Fire HD is designed to automatically optimize the audio profile based on what you’re doing, such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype. It even optimizes the audio differently when you have headphones plugged in, so you can just sit back and enjoy.

Two Antennas, Better Bandwidth
Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet to feature dual Wi-Fi antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) technology for powerful, HD-ready Wi-Fi. This allows reception or transmission over both antennas simultaneously to increase capacity and reliability. So you’ll enjoy fewer dropped connections, more than 40% faster media streaming, and be able to go further from your wireless hotspot than with other tablets.

Dual Band Support
Many Wi-Fi devices, from other tablets to baby monitors, only operate in the 2.4 GHz band. The more of these devices that you and your neighbors have operating in the band, the slower your connection is. Kindle Fire HD is capable of automatically switching between the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi frequencies, which will allow you to use this less congested 5 GHz band for better range and less interference.

Powerful HD Processor
A rich HD display requires a powerful processor to drive it. The TI OMAP4470 processor in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ has 40% more memory bandwidth than Tegra 3, enabling faster web browser JavaScript performance. And Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ has an Imagination SGX544 3D graphics core that can process over 12 billion floating-point operations per second, so even graphically intensive games run smoothly and render stunning scenery. We also tuned the graphics pipeline and touch handling software to eliminate delays between when you touch the screen and when the application responds. This means the home screen scrolls more smoothly, videos start playing faster, and games respond nearly instantaneously.

  • Large 8.9″ display has the highest resolution of any Kindle Fire, with rich color and deep contrast; ideal for movies, apps, and gaming
  • Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound
  • Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, and audiobooks
  • The most popular apps and games — Netflix, Pinterest, Pandora, Minecraft, Cut the Rope, and more
  • Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls
  • Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more

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