The Kindle Fire tablet has been out for almost a year in the US now, and still we’ve had no sign of the Amazon slate this side of the pond.
Of course, folks were speculating earlier this year that the original Fire wasn’t lit in other countries because of issues with the first model – a certain clunkiness, or sluggishness – and Amazon was waiting for the new Fire before launching in other territories.
Well, the new Kindle Fire has been revealed in the States – actually several of them – and we are indeed getting two of them in the UK.
Amazon introduced a new and improved basic Kindle Fire tablet, and a Kindle Fire HD in two flavours – a 7 inch model, and an 8.9 inch version.
The firm also unveiled a new e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, which has a backlight and improved screen brightness/contrast.
The UK won’t see the Paperwhite – not yet, anyway – or the 8.9 inch version of the Fire HD.
In this country, Amazon plans to launch the improved 7 inch Kindle Fire, and the 7 inch Kindle Fire HD in 16GB and 32GB flavours. These will cost £129, £159 and £199 respectively, so the online retail giant is undercutting even Google’s Nexus 7. The Nexus 7 is £159 for the 8GB version, and £199 for the 16GB model.
The new Kindle Fire is powered by a 1.2GHz processor, and has 1GB of RAM on board. Amazon reckons it’s 40 per cent faster than the old Fire.
The Fire HD ups the stakes with a 1280 x 800 anti-glare display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, dual stereo speakers, and a front-facing HD camera for video chatting.
The 8.9 inch Fire HD, which we won’t be getting over here (not yet, anyway) has a stonking 1920 x 1200 resolution screen, and is gunning after the iPad.
You can pre-order the 7 inch Fire and Fire HD now, with the devices due to ship on October 25th.
More good news for Amazon device hungry Brits is that the basic Kindle reader has also been knocked down to £69.
The Fire has done well enough in the US, so with an improved model and HD versions, consumers may well be tempted further. Of course, there’s a rapidly expanding amount of options in terms of lower cost tablets, from not just Google but the likes of Samsung, and indeed perhaps Apple next month.
The iPad Mini is very strongly rumoured to be a reality, and is supposedly set to launch in October.