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Initial post: Sep 24, 2013 9:26:29 PM PDT
Two years ago, Amazon revolutionized the tablet industry with the $199 Kindle Fire. Today, Amazon is doing it again: introducing the new $139 Kindle Fire HD. Kindle Fire HD is available for pre-order starting today at http://www.amazon.com/fire-hd.

Kindle Fire HD comes with access to the exclusive benefits of the Amazon ecosystem-Prime Instant Video, Kindle Owners' Lending Library, Kindle MatchBook, AutoRip, and the world's leading digital catalog with over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks, and magazines

Here's what you get for $139:
- High-definition display with 1280x800 resolution and 216 pixels per inch, making movies, TV shows, books and games vivid and detailed. 66% more pixels than the previous generation Kindle Fire.
- Powerful, dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, 60% faster than the previous generation Kindle Fire.
- Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio-the standard in high-end audio.
- All-new slim design that matches the look and feel of the new Kindle Fire HDX.
- Fast streaming, downloads, and web browsing with built-in dual-band Wi-Fi.
- Powered by the latest version of Fire OS-Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito"-with hundreds of new and upgraded features, platform updates, and Amazon-exclusive services.
- Kindle FreeTime extends parental controls to give parents a simple, engaging way to manage the way kids use Kindle Fire-parents select content and set time limits by content type.
- Exclusive new features such as X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads, Second Screen, expanded X-Ray for Movies and TV, and more.
- Stay connected and productive with all-new email, calendar, and Silk web browser.
- World's best content ecosystem-over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks, and magazines.

The new Kindle Fire HD is available for pre-order starting today and will begin shipping October 2. Visit http://www.amazon.com/fire-hd to learn more.

Posted on Sep 24, 2013 10:57:48 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 24, 2013 11:00:30 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
$139 is for the 8GB model, the 16GB model is $169. Still a lower price point than the current 7" Fire, with better specs. All the new models look great.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2013 10:59:01 PM PDT
CBRetriever says:
and not much more than the Paperwhite for those griping about having to buy a more expensive model to get text to speech

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2013 11:16:46 PM PDT
M. Ratcheson says:
Text to speech is so much better on the current Fire HD than on my K3, that I've actually used it. I'd think if TTS is important enough to be a deal breaker for the Paperwhite, listening would be a priority over reading. I'm one who has issues reading for a long time on a backlit screen, and reading is my higher priority. So I keep my eInk Kindles (not yet a Paperwhite, though I'm thinking about it) as well as my Fire HD.

My sister has been eyeing the current Fire. I'm thinking I could give her an excellent deal on my HD (or perhaps a late or early birthday gift) and get one of these new models.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 5:26:55 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2013 5:29:11 AM PDT
iPadCary says:
At $139, they won't be able to make enough of 'em ....
Jeff shoulda had an event for this.
This is a tremendous kick in the gut of iPad & Nexus7!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 5:29:17 AM PDT
CBRetriever says:
no camera though

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 6:07:54 AM PDT
Thomas Hyatt says:
One of the drawbacks of the old Kindle Fire was that you could not specify a translation dictionary the way you can on the traditional Kindle (i.e. read in Spanish and have a default dictionary chosen that translates unknown Spanish words into English upon clicking on them) Does anyone know whether the new Kindle OS will allow this function on the new Kindle? Is there a technical reference you can point to that says yea or nay?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 6:27:24 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Of course no one knows. They haven't even shipped yet.....

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 6:58:24 AM PDT
V. Cortes says:
No camera kills the deal. I was waiting for another HD price drop.
This is not worth it.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 8:01:49 AM PDT
c6matt says:
does it still have HDMI?

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 8:15:17 AM PDT
How much of the new software will apply to my current Kindle Fire HD I bought less than a year ago?

Or do I need to buy another kindle to get these new bits?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 8:16:28 AM PDT
Geekbabe says:
V, I would bet you might be able to find a deal on a refurbished version of the current HD model.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 8:54:31 AM PDT
R. D. Clark says:
It looks like HDMI has been dropped from all the new Fires. They seem to be implementing some sort of wireless mirroring instead. We'll see how that works.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 9:15:33 AM PDT
Jazzy_Jeff says:
Doesn't look like the direct competition has HDMI ports either.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 9:52:04 AM PDT
Does it have a external microphone input? Need this to use it for PayPay or Square credit card readers

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 10:02:09 AM PDT
 Ann says:
See the Technical Details section on the product page - Kindle Fire HD 7", HD Display, Wi-Fi, 8 GB - Includes Special Offers (Previous Generation - 3rd)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 10:44:16 AM PDT
R. Kraemer says:
I am surprised that there is no camera on the new Fires. I thought I would buy the last version that has the camera but it is not listed as being available.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 10:48:50 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
New HDX - Front-facing HD camera
New HDX 8.9 - Front-facing HD camera + 8 MP rear-facing camera

Kindle Fire HDX 7", HDX Display (Previous Generation - 3rd)

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 11:06:19 AM PDT
R. Kraemer says:
But the 139.00 version does not have a camera

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 11:10:31 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 25, 2013 11:10:52 AM PDT
J. Gatie says:
Nope. And quite honestly, for $139, I wouldn't expect a camera. At $139, I personally wouldn't expect a color screen. Hell, I paid more for my first calculator.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 11:13:06 AM PDT
Yes, you have to pay for more the things you want. For a basic Kindle Fire HD, it is $139, for the more things added done to it, etc., the more it costs.

You can't just use your camera or camera on your phone?

It would be a lot more user friendly - I know of no one who likes being behind someone using a tablet to take pictures, when camera's & phone camera's are so much smaller & don't block other people's views.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 11:13:26 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:20:57 PM PDT
Wish I had waited. Just got Fire out of layaway from store and would have rather had the HD. Plus I would have saved money.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:23:49 PM PDT
 Ann says:
@Sharon - Depending on the store's return policy, you may be able to return your Fire for a refund and then pre-order a new model.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2013 12:24:04 PM PDT
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