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Amazon brings Kindle Fire and Fire HD to the UK: Photos

Amazon has brought its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet to the UK, a year after its successful launch in the US, along with the higher-specced Kindle Fire HD.
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Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet is finally reaching British shores, almost a year after it was released in the US.

The latest version of the Android-based tablet and its higher-specced companion, the Kindle Fire HD, are available for pre-order now, and will ship in the UK on 25 October, Amazon said on Thursday.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD (pictured) has a higher screen resolution of 1280x800, a Gorilla Glass screen and customised features that Amazon says reduce glare and make it easier to view at different angles.

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The Kindle Fire HD comes with 16 or 32GB storage, to better accommodate the large file sizes of HD content such as movies. The tablet's beefed-up processor is the dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP 4460.

The UK won't, however, be getting the 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD, also pushed out on Thursday, which remains US-only for now. An Amazon spokeswoman was unable to tell ZDNet if this version of the tablet will be released in the UK.

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The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD can switch automatically between 2.4GHz Wi-Fi networks and newer, less-crowded 5GHz networks, which Amazon says results in better range and less interference when downloading content.

Just as its Kindle e-reader spurred sales of e-books, Amazon is looking for its tablets to push up sales of apps, films and other downloadable content. The Fire devices plug into a marketplace of some 22 million e-books, movies, games, apps and music tracks.

"Not only does Kindle Fire HD feature the most advanced hardware, it's also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability, and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best 7" tablet available anywhere, at any price," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon CEO, in a statement.

The Kindle Fire HD weighs 395g, measures 10.3mm thick, and promises 11 hours of battery life. It will go on sale at £159. By comparison, the 7-inch Google Nexus tablet with 16GB of storage costs £199.

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The UK will also be getting the latest version of the standard 7-inch Kindle Fire. The tablet runs on a 1.2GHz OMAP 4430 processor, which Amazon says provides 40-percent faster performance than its predecessor. It has a 1024x600-pixel resolution and promises nine hours of battery life.

At £129, however, the price difference is so small it's hard to see many people opting for the lower-specced device.

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The price of Amazon's basic Kindle e-reader has now dropped to just £69 following the announcement of the Kindle Fires. It has a 6-inch e-ink display, weighs 170g and holds up to 1,400 books.

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