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Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD go on sale in the UK

Amazon’s much anticipated 7-inch Kindle Fire has finally touched down on British shores, alongside the Kindle Fire HD.

The new devices bring yet more choice to the 7-inch tablet market, ahead of the launch of Apple’s iPad Mini on 2 November. Here’s what you’ll get for your money.

Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD specs

The new Kindle Fire is priced at £129 with adverts and special offers, £139 without, and boasts 8GB of internal storage, a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM.

Amazon states this makes it “40% faster performance than the original Kindle Fire”. The 7-inch screen has a resolution of 1024×600, and the device boasts a battery life of 9 hours.

The £159 Kindle Fire HD has more on all fronts with a 7-inch HD screen, featuring a 1280×800 resolution, and is available with 16GB of on-board storage for £159 or 32G of on-board storage for £199.

The tablet also has a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, but this time featuring Imagination PowerVR 3D graphics. Other features include super-fast Wi-Fi, Dolby stereo speakers, and 11 hours of battery life.

Will the Kindle Fire and Fire HD be a success?

If the performance of the original Kindle Fire in the US is anything to go by, the new Fire and Fire HD will have no problems over here.

With a low cost – far outdoing the iPad Mini – and some decent specs that wouldn’t look out of place on more expensive devices, the devices are sure to be in many a Christmas stocking this year.

Some users had grumbles over the lack of apps available, and the fact that the devices don’t allow you to buy and download movies, although they do include a one-month free trial of LOVEFiLM Instant video streaming.

Both devices seem tick the boxes for users in terms of functionality and specs, but the real battle will start when the iPad Mini is launched next month.

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