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Amazon Kindle Fire countdown: what you need to know

We’re twiddling our thumbs, holding our breath, and crossing our fingers for the Kindle Fire – Amazon’s first tablet offering.

The Kindle Fire has been on sale in the US for a while now (doing very well, by the way) and there had been many a reliable rumour that we’d see it in the UK before the end of January.

One look at the calendar tells us this is pretty unlikely now. But that doesn’t stop us from thinking about it, talking about it, and saving our pennies in preparation.

So with the Kindle Fire (hopefully) just around the corner, what do you need to know about this wholly unique tablet?

Amazon Kindle Fire price

In the US, the Kindle Fire costs around $200. Will this equate to a UK price tag of around £130? In a nut shell, no.

Despite exchange rates, many companies like to charge the same price for their products both here and across the pond. But don’t be too disheartened; £200 is a very decent price for a tablet.

Amazon Kindle Fire specs

The Kindle Fire runs the Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS, and has a 1GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP processor under the bonnet. Not bad for a low-end tablet offering.

At seven inches, the Fire is certainly at the small end of the tablet scale. But it has a 1024 x 600 resolution which delivers great crispness and vibrant colours.

Amazon Kindle Fire drawbacks

At (an expected) £200, there are always going to be some negatives. But there aren’t actually as many as you may think. In terms of look, the sleek design and lack of buttons give it an expensive feel.

One missing component that users may not be pleased with is a camera. There isn’t one on the front or back, so video calling is out of the question.

Amazon has also scrimped on the internal storage. With just 8GB, and no room for an external SD card, you won’t be getting much of your own content on the Fire.