Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon describes the Kindle Fire HD as: “the best 7in tablet available anywhere, at any price.”
The Kindle Fire HD has a 7in (1280 x 800) screen and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It’s priced at £159 and £199 for 16GB and 32GB models – double that of the Nexus 7 but rumour has it that Google will adjust its line-up to match.
Meanwhile, the original Kindle Fire has received an upgrade for the UK market. It’s got a faster processor, twice the memory (RAM) and a longer battery life.
Also due for launch today was the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon’s first backlit eReader. However, orders placed for either the Wi-Fi or 3G model today onwards will have to wait until 3 December.
Amazon blames ‘popular demand’ to the lack of availability. However, as DigitalTrends points out, users have experienced problems with the screen on the Paperwhite.
Amazon has responded saying: “Under certain lighting conditions, the illumination at the bottom of the screen from the built-in light is not perfectly even.” So we wonder if this has had had an impact on the UK units.