Amazon held a press conference today where the company unveiled the new Kindle Fire HD.
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This device will be the successor to the original Kindle Fire tablet and will sport an 8.9-inch screen with 1920 x 1200 pixels resolution and 254 PPI. The Kindle Fire HD will also be capable of in-plane switch and Amazon promises that it is 40 percent faster than the original thanks to its TI OMAP 4470 processor.
Amazon also stated that the device's MIMO antenna will allow it to retrieve content at a rate that is 41 percent faster than the new Google Nexus 7 or iPad.
It will also be the first tablet to feature Dolby Digital, which brings a dual speaker system as opposed to the singular speaker found on the iPad. The Kindle Fire HD battery will last longer and the tablet starts with 16GB RAM.
Amazon will also launch a 7-inch version with the same specifications along with a 32GB 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD that will come with 4G LTE connectivity.
The 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD will ship on Sept. 14 and will sell for just $199, while the 8.9-inch model will not be available until Nov. 20 and will cost $299. The 32GB LTE model will cost $499 and will run the owner $50 per year for service.
Amazon will also drop the price down on the original Kindle Fire tablet to $69 thanks to a new ad-supported version.
The company could not help but boast of the Kindle Fire's accomplishments as the tablet now controls 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S. and is the highest selling device on Amazon.com.