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Gadgets September, 6 2012

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Today Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire HD. The device is available in two versions: one with an 8.9 inch display and one with a 7-inch display both with Dolby Digital Plus sound. Other specs on the Fire HD include 1920×1200 resolution, a laminated touch sensor that cuts down on glare, two antennas to create more dependable Wi-Fi performance (41% faster than iPad). The device also sports a front-facing HD camera, HDMI out and Bluetooth.

The Kindle Fire software has been improved with an all new interface based on Android 4.0. A new email client, a custom Facebook app and a custom Skype app come built-in. X-Ray for movies pulls info from IMDb to get info about actors in a specific scene, with Free Time allows you to set daily time limits for apps.

The 7-inch Fire HD will cost $199 with 16GB of storage, and will be out September 14. The 8.9-inch Fire-HD goes for $299 with 16GB of storage or $499 with LTE capability and 32GB of storage and ships November 20.

They’ve also upgraded the original Fire with double the RAM, a faster processor and longer battery life for $159.

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