If you love electronics, today is a good day to be shopping for your next tech toy. Not only has the iPhone 5 gone on pre-order, Amazon has officially begun selling the Amazon Kindle Fire HD for just $199.
While customers won’t be able to pick up the 8.9-inch version until October, the 7-inch model is now available for purchase directly through Amazon.com.
The Kindle Fire HD is the second-generation version of the company’s Android-based tablet (albeit completely reworked to look nothing like Google Android). For $199,users receive a tablet that features a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a front-facing webcam, access to Amazon’s Prime library of streaming movies and TV shows, and the ability to listen to those downloads and streaming options with Dolby audio.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD, as the name would suggest, also offers 1280×800 pixels of high-definition output.
If you don’t require the high-definition output of the Kindle Fire HD, you can save $40 and pick up the original Amazon Kindle Fire for $159. Given the better specs, faster processor, and generally better hardware, the $40 saved might in many cases not be much of an actual savings for buyers.
With the iPad mini set to arrive in October, Amazon will soon have some heavy competition on its hands, although, at the same $199 price point given to the first Kindle Fire, the company could find success just in time for the holiday shopping season.
Will you be picking up any of the new versions of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD?