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Amazon has just announced that its Kindle Fire HD tablet – both the 7” and 8.9” HD display-sporting versions – are now available to customers in over 170 countries and regions around the world.
The devices are available for pre-order through Amazon’s flagship website and will start shipping June 13, the company says.
More specifically, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9” is available for preorder starting today for $284. The Kindle Fire HD 7” is also available for preorder, and retails for $214.
The 8.9-inch screen on the Kindle Fire HD has a resolution of 1920 by 1200 pixels (equal to 254 ppi), a dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP 4470 processor, and Dolby Digital Plus audio. It also houses 1GB of RAM, a 6000 mAh and either 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
Dave Limp, VP of Amazon Kindle, says in a statement:
Kindle Fire HD is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch, and we’re thrilled to make it available to even more customers around the globe today.
Not only does Kindle Fire feature advanced hardware, it’s also a service. When combined with our content ecosystem, great email and browsing and top-rated customer service, we hope people around the world will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet for an incredible price.
The content he speaks of encompasses millions of apps, games, magazines and e-books, including more than 300,000 books that are exclusive to Amazon’s Kindle Store.
In other, fresh and related news, the Amazon Appstore for Android is now available in nearly 200 countries (as expected).
The news of the geographic expansion comes two months after Amazon announced that the 8.9″ version of its Kindle Fire HD tablet became available in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan.
At the time, it also got a lower price point in the US, starting at $269 for the WiFi-only version and $399 for the 4G-enabled edition.
The devices started shipping in the US back in November 2012.
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