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Amazon Kindle Fire HD goes on sale in the UK

Dodges delays seen by the Paperwhite
Thu Oct 25 2012, 10:27
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet PC

ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablet went on sale in the UK today.

Clearly dodging the delays seen by the Kindle Paperwhite, Amazon has started shipping its latest Android powered tablet, the first to make its way to UK shores.

Featuring a 7in high definition touchscreen, the Kindle Fire HD aims to take on the Google Nexus 7 and Apple Ipad Mini. The tablet features a decent 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, although this comes skinned in Amazon's heavy custom user interface.

It also has a 1.3MP front-facing camera, 3G and WiFi connectivity, Dolby audio, either 16GB or 32GB of internal storage and an 11 hour battery life. It comes with Lovefilm preloaded too, the film streaming service announced today. This comes baked into Amazon's Video application, and brings X Ray for movies to the tablet.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD might have started shipping today as promised, but things aren't looking so rosy for customers who want the firm's latest ereader device. We noticed today that although Amazon had promised a 25 October release, the Kindle Paperwhite now won't start shipping until 30 November, with the 3G version now scheduled to ship on 3 December.

It's unclear whether Amazon has sent out preorders, but we're waiting to hear back from it.

Still, the Amazon Kindle Fire HD is available to order and in stock now, with the 16GB and 32GB models priced at £159 and £199, respectively. µ

 

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