In an evident attempt to gain a bigger toehold in the tablet arena, bigwig online retailer Amazon commenced the distribution of its new bigger-screen Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet in the US on Thursday.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9, the shipments of which will start on Tuesday, features an 8.9-inch high-definition screen with 1920 by 1200 pixels, is priced at $299 for the entry-level version which has 16GB storage capacity; an HD front camera; and Wi-Fi dual band MIMO technology for offering high speed network access to the users. The 32GB storage model of the tablet will cost $369.
In addition, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet will also be available in a 4G LTE version, which will probably be introduced in about a week's time. That version - dubbed Kindle Fire 4G HD 8.9 - will be capable of connecting to AT&T's ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless network.
The cost of the 4G LTE-enabled version of the tablet will be priced at $499 and $599 respectively for 32GB storage and 64GB storage capacity.
In addition, the Kindle Fire 4G HD 8.9 tablet will also include 20GB of space in the cloud, along with a $10 credit in the Amazon Appstore. Though the cost of the wireless package for the tablet will be priced at $50 a year; which will be a promotional offer available only in the first year of service, and will come with a monthly data usage limit of 250MB.