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It's been a few weeks now since the 7" Kindle Fire HD went on sale. Beating Amazon's earlier announcement by a few days, the 8.9" version is now shipping, with the LTE model to follow next week. In case you've forgotten, the larger Kindle houses a 1920x1200 screen that's not quite the best display around, but definitely close enough.

If you're still not sold on this don't-call-it-an-Android tablet, here. Allow Amazon to try to convince you with a list of bullet points:

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is the top-of-the-line Kindle Fire. Features include:

  • A vibrant 8.9”, 1920x1200 resolution display at 254 ppi.
  • Dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO technology for faster streaming and downloads.
  • The latest generation TI OMAP 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio—the standard in high-end audio—available exclusively on Kindle Fire HD.
  • Exceptional battery life—Kindle Fire HD 8.9” gets 10 hours of battery life.
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls, including a custom Skype application for free video calling from around the world.
  • 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 and exclusively available on Kindle Fire. Parents can set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content for each child.
  • World's best content ecosystem—over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.
  • “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere” with Amazon apps available on the largest number of platforms so customers can use their Amazon content on any of their devices.
  • Amazon's top-rated, world-class customer service.

The basic 8.9" model starts at $299 for 16GB with Special Offers. That last part means that ads and "sponsored screensavers" will appear on your device's lockscreen. If you'd like to avoid this, you can pay an extra $15 up front. The 32GB model will run you $369 with Offers, or $384 without.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9" 4G XL BBQ+ with LTE will be shipping next week on November 20th, right on schedule. The hardware on that model starts at $499, with a data plan for an extra $50/year and a 250MB per month allowance.

So, who's getting one?

Source: Amazon

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” Ships Today

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” ships today—features a stunning 1920x1200 HD display with 254 ppi, exclusive Dolby audio, a powerful processor and graphics engine and dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO—just $299

The top-of-the-line Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G ships next week—comes with the groundbreaking 4G LTE data package, just $49.99for the first year

SEATTLE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 15, 2012-- (NASDAQ:AMZN)—Amazon today announced that Kindle Fire HD 8.9”—the large-screen version of Amazon’s best-selling HD tablet—ships today, just in time for the holiday shopping season. Customers can order their Kindle Fire HD 8.9” at www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd for $299. Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is also available at Best Buystarting tomorrow as well as additional retailers like Staples and Radio Shack in the coming weeks. Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G will ship next week.

“Kindle Fire HD has been Amazon’s best-selling product worldwide since launch, and that was before we even started shipping the best tablet we’ve ever built,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “With the holiday season upon us, we’re excited to make our $299 Kindle Fire HD 8.9” available early—we think customers are going to love web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more on the large, stunning HD screen, with fast Wi-Fi and exceptional audio.”

Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is the top-of-the-line Kindle Fire. Features include:

  • A vibrant 8.9”, 1920x1200 resolution display at 254 ppi.
  • Dual antenna, dual-band Wi-Fi with MIMO technology for faster streaming and downloads.
  • The latest generation TI OMAP 4470 processor and Imagination SGX544 graphics engine capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second.
  • Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio—the standard in high-end audio—available exclusively on Kindle Fire HD.
  • Exceptional battery life—Kindle Fire HD 8.9” gets 10 hours of battery life.
  • Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls, including a custom Skype application for free video calling from around the world.
  • 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 and exclusively available on Kindle Fire. Parents can set daily screen limits and give access to appropriate content for each child.
  • World's best content ecosystem—over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.
  • “Buy Once, Enjoy Everywhere” with Amazon apps available on the largest number of platforms so customers can use their Amazon content on any of their devices.
  • Amazon's top-rated, world-class customer service.

The new Kindle Fire HD 8.9” 4G, with groundbreaking 4G LTE data package, starts at $499 and will begin shipping onNovember 20. Amazon worked closely with AT&T to offer the most affordable 4G tablet data package. The 12-session AT&T 4G data package includes 250MB a session of data, a $10 Amazon Appstore for Android credit and 20GB of Amazon CloudDrive, all for a one-time payment of only $49.99. There are no monthly fees or annual contracts. The $49.99 package is only available for the first year of service. Customers can also choose to upgrade to 3GB or 5GB data plans from AT&T directly from the device. Kindle Fire HD 8.9” features the latest 4G LTE technology for ultra-fast mobile broadband, letting customers connect to the internet, stream, and download at speeds even faster than Wi-Fi. Unlike some 4G devices, Kindle Fire HD includes support for 10 bands, so even when a customer is in a place with no 4G LTE network they’ll fall back to the fastest available network and won't lose coverage. All this with no compromises to battery or weight - Kindle Fire HD combines the most power-efficient LTE chipset available with a custom-designed 4G wireless modem that's only 2.2 mm thin.

Customers can learn more and order at www.amazon.com/kindlefirehd. Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is also available at Best Buystarting tomorrow and will also be available at additional retailers like Staples and Radio Shack in the coming weeks.

Eric Ravenscraft
Eric is a snarky technophile with a taste for the unusual. When he's not obsessing about Android, you can usually find him obsessing about movies, psychology, or the perfect energy drink. Eric weaves his own special blend of snark, satire, and comedy into all his articles.

  • Jeremiah Rice

    If I knew I could throw a custom ROM on it, I'd buy this sucker in a heartbeat. 8.9" is perfect, and the resolution is just gravy.

    • VonLaserface

      That's how I feel about the Nook HD+. Sadly development will be slow to non-existent.

  • http://wave-france.blogspot.com Supercopter

    Great hardware, only missing Stock Android... I'm still waiting for a great tablet bigger than 7" but smaller than 10", with USB and HDMI mini-ports...

  • Greyhame

    "Latest generation TI OMAP 4470"

    Too bad TI itself is no longer latest gen.

  • Jesslyn Hendrix

    I'm getting one. My Samsung GTab 8.9 is getting a bit slow. I will root it for play store access and be on my merry way.

  • Eye4Detail

    Yet there are people paying more than this for a Min-iPad.

  • Pedro

    I've been working with one for almost a month now. Beautiful screen and loud speakers. Kindle skin and Silk are lagging and still suck. At least you can side load 3rd party browser.