ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX tablets will be coming to the UK, along with its cheaper Kindle Fire HD tablet.
Amazon outed its new tablet lineup in the US earlier this month, but gave punters no clues as to whether they would see a release in the UK. The firm has finally revealed that its 7in and 8.9in Kindle Fire HDX tablets will be released in the UK in time for Christmas, as the firm looks to challenge the new Google Nexus 7 and Apple's upcoming iPad Mini.
The 7in Amazon Kindle Fire HDX is available to pre-order now from £199. That will get you the 16GB model, while the 32GB and 64GB models are priced at £229 and £259, respectively. The larger 8.9in tablet is priced at £329, £369 and £409, respectively, depending on how much storage you want.
Amazon's 7in Kindle Fire HDX tablet will start shipping on 13 November, while the 8.9in model will arrive on 19 November. Both tablets are also available in 4G models, which adds an extra £60 to their prices.
The cheaper Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet, which features a slimmer and lighter design than its predecessor and is available in 8GB and 16GB models, is available to buy for £119 or £139. This model will start shipping on 24 October.
Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX tablets are the retailer's highest specification tablets to date, with the 7in model featuring a 1920x1200 display and the 8.9in model a 2560x1600 display. Both the 7in and 8.9in models have quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 graphics, dual cameras, support for 4G LTE, 11 hours of battery life and the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean mobile operating system.
Vodafone said it will be providing the tablet's 4G connectivity, with the tablets shipping with a SIM card pre-installed. Users will be given 5GB of data free for three months, and then will have the option of signing up with Vodafone to continue the contract.
Amazon will introduce some new software features on its Kindle Fire HDX tablets too. Chief among these is Fire OS 3.0, codenamed Mojito. This will give the tablets new features such as business focused productivity apps, X-Ray Music, improved social networking integration and a new Mayday button, which offers remote support for new tablet users. µ
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