Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE Unveiled, Aims to Compete with Apple iPad
It seems that somehow, most rumors about Amazon’s product lineup for the holiday 2012 shopping season were proven to be correct. The main star of Amazon’s recently-concluded launch event was undoubtedly the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE, an 8.9-inch tablet that is positioned exactly against Apple’s dominant iPad.
Surprisingly, Amazon isn’t planning to sell its latest tablet at a cut-rate price and making most of its profit from selling services. Instead, the LTE-equipped device will cost the same $499 that Apple charges for its iPad.
This also buys you a 1080p display with 254ppi screen density, a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 chipset, an HD front camera and dual-band WiFi. The device gets its 4G capabilities through an AT&T package that costs $49.99 a year for 250MB of data each month.
The Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE should ship on November 20.
If that’s a bit too rich for your blood, there’s also a 8.9-inch non-LTE Kindle Fire HD without the cellular connectivity, which starts at $299 for 16GB of storage.
If even that’s too expensive, buyers can always go for a 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, which would cost $199, or an updated version of the original Kindle Fire that would cost $159. The biggest difference between the 8.9-inch and 7-inch models is their screen resolution. The 7-inch HD packs a 1280 x 800 display, while the lowest-end model has the same 1024 x 600 panel as its immediate predecessor.
Amazon’s tablets have typically been a value proposition, and the inclusion of 4G LTE connectivity on its highest-end tablet may just be what it needs to put up a good fight against the iPad. The 8.9-inch models’ 1080p screens don’t hurt, either.
However,, the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD may not have the sheer processing grunt to battle against the Nexus 7, which is probably the most popular device in the budget tablet segment.