Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD tablets in India, available starting June 27

Within days of Amazon.in debut, the retail giant has launched its Android tablets – Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 in the Indian market. Both these tablets along with Kindle Paperwhite e-readers will be available for purchase beginning June 27 at Kindle Fire HD

Amazon Kindle Fire HD, which is going to compete directly with Google’s Nexus 7 tablet, has been priced at INR 15,999 (16GB) and INR 18,999 (32GB), the same price at which Nexus 7 retails in India. On the other hand, Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has got a price tag of INR 21,999 (16GB) and INR 25,999 (32GB).

“Not only does Kindle Fire feature advanced hardware, it’s also a service, “said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “The combination of the leading apps, the largest book selection, great email and browsing and top rated customer service, we hope our customers in India will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet for a great price.”

To remind you, Kindle Fire HD tablets were originally announced last year in the US and since then Amazon has taken them to over 177 countries and the tablets are starting to ship in majority of these countries today.

In terms of the software, both tablets run on a forked version of Android, which has been customised by Amazon, so it has very different from the normal Android tablet experience. Amazon tablets do not come with Google Play access and have Amazon Appstore on-board, which became officially available in India a few days ago. You can check out hardware details below.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD key specifications

  • 7-inch 1280x800p HD LCD with 2 point multi-touch
  • Dolby Audio, dual-driver stereo speakers
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out
  • 16GB or 32GB on device, Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Dual-core, 1.2GHz OMAP4460 processor
  • Front HD camera
  • 1GB of RAM

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 key specifications

  • 8.9-inch 1920x1200p full HD LCD
  • Dolby Audio, dual-driver stereo speakers
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, HDMI out
  • 16GB or 32GB on device, Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
  • Dual-core, 1.5GHz OMAP4470 processor
  • Front HD camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 6,000 mAh battery

Along with the online Kindle Store, Amazon will also be selling its Kindle Fire HD tablet via over one hundred retail outlets across India including Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone and Vijay Sales stores located in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Pune.


Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

Gaurav Shukla is the editor of AndroidOS.in. If you'd like to reach him, drop an email at 'gaurav@androidos.in' or connect with him on Twitter (@gauravshukla).

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