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Japanese and European launch also includes a price cut in the US

Amazon launched its $299, 8.9” screen Kindle Fire HD tablet in the United States last year. Amazon has announced that it has now launched the 8.9” Kindle Fire HD in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK and Japan.

“We’re thrilled with customer reaction to Kindle Fire HD 8.9”. Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9"

While the tablet is just now coming to those new countries, consumers in the United States can now purchase it at a lower price. The new price for the Wi-Fi only model is $269, while the 4G version of the Kindle Fire HD was slashed from the original $499 down to $399.
Limp explained the price reduction, stating, “As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9” to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers.”
The updated Kindle Fire HD 8.9” pricing is now reflected on Amazon’s website.

Source: Amazon

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RE: Wow... $269 is awesome.
By marvdmartian on 3/14/2013 3:35:19 PM , Rating: 2
There were two things that bothered me, when I bought my Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet, last year. The high price of memory upgrading (from 16GB to 32GB internal drive space), and the fact that Amazon expected you to stream all your content in from their servers, via an Amazon Prime account ($79/year).

I discovered a nice wireless drive enclosure, made by Patriot (the memory folks), and on sale at Newegg, called a "Gauntlet Node".

I have dropped an 80GB notebook hard drive in there (WD blue drive), and had terrific success in streaming video to my Kindle Fire with it. You DO have to tie up your WiFi by connecting to the external drive (so no surfing while you're doing that), it does take a minute for it to sync up with the tablet (it uses a free app, that you download to sync the two devices), and the enclosure is powered by a rechargeable battery, but I believe it's up to 5 hours on a charge (and I haven't bothered, yet, trying to see if I can stream from it while it's charging).

I got mine when it was on sale for $80, from Newegg, and have been very pleased with it. Unfortunately, the Amazon version of Android on the Kindle Fire is NOT compatible with the Seagate app, for their wireless hard drives, or that would be a better deal. I have, however heard that you can jailbreak the Fire, and then sideload that app, to make it work, however.

While this doesn't solve the problem of no SD slot, it does make it easier to carry a large amount of media with the Fire, and leave the onboard memory available for storage of photos, etc, that you might download (which would then be accessible, later, via the USB cord).

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