Amazon announced a price drop for its best selling tablet - 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD, in the United States. Now the device will be sold for $269 and $399 for Wi-Fi and 4G models respectively.
The tablets were previously sold at $299 for Wi-Fi model and $499 for the 4G model. The price drop for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 came into effect as its availability expanded to UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
"We're thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9". Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more," said Dave Limp, Vice President at Amazon Kindle.
"As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to Europe and Japan, we've been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers," he added in a statement.
In the UK market the 16GB Wi-Fi model will be sold at £229 (approx $341), in Germany for 269 Euros (about $347) while in Japan the device will go on sale for 24,800 yen ($257).
The tablet sports an 8.9 inch display at 1920 X 1200 pixels resolution display, powered with Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor and comes with dual antenna and dual-band Wi-Fi which helps for faster steaming and downloading.
Amazon claims that the display is especially designed for entertainment, and is perfect for web browsing, apps, watching movies, playing games and reading magazines.
Key Features of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9
- Audio: Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp and rich sound
- Digital Contents: Over 23 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books and audiobooks along with popular apps and games
- Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
- Front-facing HD camera to make video calls or to capture photos
- Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more
- New Amazon-exclusive features like X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice and Whispersync for Games
- Kindle FreeTime, a free personalized tablet experience just for kids. Parents can set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content for each child
- 10 hours of battery life
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