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09-06-12, 02:00 PM
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Amazon unveiled the successors to its Kindle Fire at a press event today in Santa Monica. The 7-inch version will have twice the RAM of its predecessor, "40 percent faster performance" with a new processor, and longer battery life. The new 8.9-inch version has a 1920x1200 display at 254 pixels per inch and will be available with a 4G LTE option for a significant extra cost.

The 8.9-inch Fire (named the Kindle Fire HD) measures 8.8 millimeters thick, weighs 20 ounces, and has a laminated display intended to reduce glare from external light by 25 percent. Inside is a dual-core ARM Cortex A9 OMAP4470 processor, dual Dolby Digital stereo speakers, a dual-band WiFi chip, and two antennas for WiFi reception. Amazon claims the Fire HD's WiFi is 54 percent faster than on the Nexus 7, and 41 percent faster than on the iPad 3.

Both models will include front-facing cameras, a feature that was entirely lacking in the original Fire. HDMI out and Bluetooth have also been added.

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