Amazon.com Inc. this week announced the Kindle Fire HD, the successor to the popular 7-inch tablet released in 2011.
The Kindle Fire HD will be sold in a 7-inch SKU with a faster CPU and double the RAM at $199.00.
The new 8.9-inch SKU will include a 1.5Ghz Dual-Core CPU, 16GB RAM, 1920 x 1200 HD display, Dual-band Dual Antennae Wi-Fi, HDMI out, and Dolby Digital Plus Audio at $249.00. A 32GB SKU will be sold at $369.00. The 7-inch SKUs will be sold Sept. 14.
In addition, an 8.9-inch 4G LTE Wireless 32GB SKU that can utilize a 12-Month, $59.99 per year data plan will cost $499.00. The 64GB SKU will sell at $599.00. The 8.9-inch SKUs will be sold Nov. 20.
The data plan will include 250GB per month of data, 20GB of cloud storage and $10 Appstore Credit.
Finally, a new entry-level Kindle will be sold at $69.00, and a new Kindle Paperwhite SKU will high resolution, high contrast, and front-lit technology will start at $119.00. Each will be sold Sept. 14.
The Kindle Fire totaled 22 percent of tablet market share to date. Google Inc. in July released the Nexus 7, a new 7-inch tablet that utilizes the Android OS.