Amazon Kindle Fire coming to UK in January

Amazon could be set to launch the Kindle Fire tablet in the UK as soon as January, though rumours suggest that it is likely to jump in price while crossing the pond.

Launched on the 15th November in the US, Amazon's Kindle Fire has been selling well with many citing the low price - $199 - as a reason for purchasing, in comparison to some of the competitors which are several hundred dollars more. However, a rumour which has surfaced on the Gadget Show website suggests that when it lands in the UK, we could be looking at a price around the £190 mark.

While disappointing, it's not exactly an uncommon thing for items to cost more when they reach this part of the world. The interesting point though is that it's been made clear Amazon has no problem selling its hardware at a loss, making it up with content sales after the initial hardware purchase. It could be that the UK does get a fair price conversion, in which case the Kindle Fire would end up around £150 including VAT.

Despite being priced very competitively, Amazon's flagship tablet does have some quite impressive internal hardware. It packs a 7" multi-touch display with a resolution of 600 x 1024 and runs on a 1GHz ARM-based dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of storage capacity that can be expanded via SD cards or by using Amazon's cloud service.