Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD and HDX into Australian retail

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Nic Healey can usually be found on a couch muttering about aspect ratios and 7.1 channel sound - which is helpful given that he's the home entertainment guy at CNET.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets have finally made it into Australian retail stores, available at Dick Smith and Big W from today.

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch.
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The lower-end 7-inch Kindle Fire HD sports a 1280x800 resolution screen (216ppi), with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and 10 hours of battery life. It's also aggressively priced at AU$189.

The Fire HDX range features two tablets — a 7 inch and an 8.9 inch. Both feature a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz, with a dedicated Adreno 330 GPU and long battery life — 11 hours of mixed use and 17 hours of reading.

The 7-inch HDX display has a 1920x1200 resolution with 323 ppi, while the 8.9 inch crams in 2560x1600 resolution at 339 ppi.

The Kindle Fire HDX 7 inch is AU$329 while the 8.9 inch is AU$429.

The tablets arrive as a part of a big push into Australia from Amazon. Today also sees the launch of a local Kindle Store where ebook purchases can be made in Australian dollars with Aussie authors highlighted, as well as a local arm of the Kindle Direct Publishing for Australian writers and publishers.

The Amazon app store will also feature Australian specific apps, such as Quickflix and I Heart Radio. The Appstore will, of course, be preloaded on locally available tablets.

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