Amazon has now released full details of the Kindle Fire HD tablet that is set to arrive in the UK in October.
Initially, it looks like us Brits are only going to get the 7″ version (in the States there’s also a 8.9″ version available).
The Kindle Fire HD claims to be the “world’s most advanced 7″ tablet” (take that Google Nexus 7!) and packs a 1280×800 HD display with polarising filter and anti-glare technology.
There’s custom Dolby audio and dual-driver stereo speakers onboard, and the tablet is the first to come with dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi for super-snappy downloads and HD streaming.
Inside thunders a 1.2 Ghz dual-core processor with Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics core, and there’s a front facing HD camera for Skype calls.
Battery life is quoted at a very impressive 11 hours of continuous mixed use, such as watching video, reading books, or listening to music.
Amazon is all about flogging content, and the users will be able to access over 22 million movies, TV shows, 20 million songs, books, and magazines, plus tens of thousands of popular apps and games .
To tempt users further, there’s also a free one-month free trial of the LOVEFiLM video streaming service thrown in, with free unlimited cloud storage for Amazon content.
Plug it into your TV
A real advantage over the Nexus 7 tablet is the provision of a Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port, letting users stream high-definition video output to their televisions or A/V receivers.
Amazon say that they’ll be lobbing “special offers personalised for you” on to the device and rather worrying-sounding “sponsored screensavers.”
The pricing is mustard keen though, with the 16GB version costing just £159.00 and the 32GB version £199.
Users can pre-order with a UK release date set for October 25, 2012 from this link: Kindle Fire HD 7″, Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi, 16 GB
|Display||7″ 10 point capacitive touch high definition colour display; 1280×800 resolution, video playback at 720p, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarising filter, Gorilla Glass, and anti-glare technology.|
|Size||193 mm x 137 mm x 10.3 mm|
|System Requirements||None. Kindle Fire HD is ready to use right out of the box – no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content|
|Storage||16GB internal memory (approximately 12.6GB available for user content) or 32GB internal memory (approximately 26.9GB available for user content)|
|Battery Life||Over 11 hours of continuous mixed use, such as watching video, reading books, or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on wireless usage and display brightness|
|Charge Time||Fully charges in under 4 hours via the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Charges in approximately 10 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable|
|Wi-Fi Connectivity||Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks|
|Ports||USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers|
|Audio||3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support for streaming audio to compatible headphones and speakers|
|Content Formats Supported||Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)|
|Included in the Box||Kindle Fire HD tablet, USB charging cable, and Quick Start Guide|