Amazon is slashing the price on its top-of-the-line Kindle Fire tablet right before Christmas, coincidentally on the last day you can order one with two-day shipping before the big day. All of the various Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 models are 30% off today. There are technically twelve different buying options for the HDX: 32GB or 64GB, Wi-Fi or GSM LTE or Verizon LTE, and with or without advertising on the screensaver. The cheapest model, 32GB Wi-Fi with Special Offers, is $299 ($130 off).

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Here's a quick breakdown of the retail and sale prices of the various configurations of the HDX being offered today:

  • 32GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $429, sale price $299
  • 32GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $444, sale price $309
  • 64GB Wi-Fi, with Special Offers - retail price $479, sale price $334
  • 64GB Wi-Fi, without Special Offers - retail price $494, sale price $344
  • 32GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
  • 32GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
  • 32GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $529, sale price $369
  • 32GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $544, sale price $379
  • 64GB GSM-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
  • 64GB GSM-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414
  • 64GB Verizon-LTE, with Special Offers - retail price $579, sale price $404
  • 64GB Verizon-LTE, without Special Offers - retail price $594, sale price $414

As with all of Amazon's Gold Box Deals, these prices are good for one day only. As far as we know, the discounts are not being offered outside of the United States.

For someone who's already invested in the Amazon ecosystem, this is a pretty great way to get a high-end Android tablet at a low price, especially if you also want LTE. That said, there are plenty of alternatives that already reach into that price range: the SHIELD Tablet, with even better specs and a similar form factor, starts at $299, and Samsung's slightly older Galaxy Tab Pro 8.4 often sees discounts that put it at or below that price.

Source: Amazon Gold Box (or go to the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX page and configure in your cart)