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Amazon unveils £229 Kindle Fire HD 8.9in tablet in the UK

Amazon announced today the availability of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9in in the UK, which is essentially a bigger version of the Kindle Fire HD with a faster processor and a bigger display (with a higher resolution).

The cheapest SKU (stock keeping unit) is a 16GB model with special offers (which are essentially sponsored screen savers and special offers displayed on the lock screen of the tablet) which will cost £229.

The 32GB model with S/O will retail for £259 while going without special offers will add a tenner to the retail price of the tablets. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 was launched in the US back in November 2012.

The biggest asset of the new Kindle Fire HD tablet is its screen, an 8.9in IPS model with a resolution of 1,920 x 1.080 (or roughly two megapixel), 50 per cent less that of the Apple iPad Retina Display or half that of the Google Nexus 10.

The other big difference is the processor, a dual core TI OMAP4470 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz with an IT PowerVR SGX544 GPU. The rest of the specification consists of Dolby Audio with single-driver speakers, HDMI and USB ports, two Wi-Fi antennas, Bluetooth, 1GB of RAM and a 6,000mAh battery.

The price of the other Kindle Fire (both vanilla and HD) will remain the same at Amazon although you will be able to get them for cheaper at Carphone Warehouse. Note that there is also a 4G version of the Kindle Fire HD that has yet to be launched in the UK.

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