Amazon’s Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD revealed and heading to the UK October 25th 2012

This week Jeff Bezos (founder of online retail giants, Amazon) revealed the long-awaited and highly anticipated Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD.

Both devices are now available to pre-order (via the Amazon.co.uk website – you can use the links above) on a first come-first served basis and are set to release on the 25th of October later next month.

A little while back, I know a lot of UK fans of the Kindle and Kindle keyboard 3G were hoping that the Kindle Fire was going to be released soon after it hit the shelves in the US, however it was later revealed that the UK were getting the Kindle Touch instead. Whilst a lot of fans welcomed the Kindle Touch, I couldn’t help but notice there was a bit of disappointment in the air at the time knowing it would be some time later, before they got their hands on the Kindle Fire.

Now however, every Kindle fan out there will pleased to know the 7” Kindle Fire and its HD version will be released in the UK in just under 2 months time. Over in the US, they are also releasing an 8.9” 4G LTE version of the Kindle Fire HD for $499 and a non-4G version for $299 – these 8.9” 4G LTE versions will be released in the US on November 20th.

For the UK we will have both the Kindle Fire (8GB model – £129.00) and the Kindle Fire HD (16GB – £159.00 and 32GB models – £199.00).

I won’t go into all the details of the device here since they are widely documented elsewhere on the web and directly on the Amazon.co.uk website. I will however list a few of the key features here and, hopefully, do a more in depth review once I get my hands on one in October time.

Photo Credit: Amazon.co.uk – The New Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD key features:

  • Vibrant 7” 1280×800 HD LCD, 10-point multi-touch display (compared to the 2-point touch in the normal Kindle Fire). Screen also has polarising filter and anti-glare technology so reading books in the sunlight is much easier to see.
  • Video playback in 720p.
  • Dual-core, 1.2GHz OMAP 4460 processor
  • Dolby Audio Dual-driver stereo speakers with auto-optimisation software for a more clear, crisp and balanced sound no matter what you are doing (i.e listening to music, watching a movie etc)
  • Dual-antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi, 2.4GHz and 5GHz, for faster download speeds (apparently 40% faster than the original Kindle Fire).
  • Built in HDMI and USB port that makes connecting your device to your HDTV or PC a walk in the park.
  • Built in Bluetooth so you can connect Bluetooth headphones, keyboards etc directly to the device.
  • Direct access to Amazon’s app, kindle book, movie and music store.
  • Front facing HD camera to make free Skype-to-Skype calls.
  • Over 11 hours battery life.

The Kindle Fire certainly sounds promising, and I kind of like the new ”X-ray” feature that is built into the movie playback function. The X-ray feature allows you to pause a movie then a menu pops up with all the news and info about the actors/actresses within the movie your watching. Its nothing major but I really think it’s a nice touch.

As above, we will have a much closer look of the device and push it to its limits once it has finally been released.

If you missed yesterdays live press conference ( live demo of the devices included) with the man himself (Jeff Bezos) you watch it in full below (video courtesy of Kindle via YouTube):

Keep an eye out for our full review in October

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About smellslikevictory

BEng (Hons) graduate in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Enjoy travelling, working out and all things techy

Posted on September 7, 2012, in Gadgets, Mobile, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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