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Amazon 8.9in Kindle Fire HDX ready to ship in UK

Amazon has begun shipping the new 8.9in Kindle Fire HDX tablet to UK customers that it claims is the lightest tablet of its size on the market.

The device starts at £329 for the 16GB version with the 32GB and 64GB versions costing £369 and £409 respectively, each device giving users access to Amazon’s extensive content catalogue as well as including the Mayday feature for the first time.

Amazon’s top-of-the-range tablet weighs in at only 374g – 34 per cent lighter than its predecessor – and the 8.9in display has a beyond HD pixel density of 339 ppi and 100 per cent sRGB colour accuracy.

As far as performance goes it has a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz that is three times as powerful as the previous model and it means the tablet is one of the only ones out there that boasts a processor power over 2GHz.

It runs on Fire OS – 3.0 Mojito, which is a version of Android adapted by Amazon to include the online retailer’s range of services including X-Ray for Music, Goodreads and the Amazon cloud. The battery reportedly lasts for 11 hours mixed use and 17 hours whilst reading, according to Amazon.

Mayday, alluded to earlier, is a free 24/7 service that lets any Kindle Fire HDX user call Amazon technical support using the tablet’s camera with a member of the Amazon technical team able to assist the user with any problem. The plan is for a member of staff to respond to a call in less than 15 seconds.

4G versions of the tablet are expected to arrive at some point in the middle of December with prices bumping up to £399 [16GB], £439 [32GB], and £479 [64GB], and they follow the release of the 7in Kindle Fire HDX last week.

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