Kindle Fire HD-with a stunning custom 7"or 8.9" HD display, ultra-fast
Wi-Fi, and exceptional battery life-perfect for web browsing, apps,
games and books
Instant access to the most popular apps and games, including Angry Birds
Space HD, Pinterest, Temple Run 2, and Asphalt 7-each one optimized for Kindle Fire HD
SEATTLE, May 23, 2013 /CNW/ - (NASDAQ: AMZN) — Today Amazon announced
that Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9" are now available to
customers in Canada for pre-order through Amazon.ca, giving customers
access to over 1 million apps, games and books including more than
300,000 books that are exclusive to the Kindle Store.
Designed for entertainment, Kindle Fire HD is perfect for web browsing,
apps, games and books. Features include:
Stunning customized HD display with in-plane switching, Advanced True
Wide polarizing filter and customized laminated touch sensor for 25%
less glare with rich colour and deep contrast from any viewing angle;
ideal for movies, apps, and gaming.
Custom Dolby audio and dual stereo speakers for crisp, rich sound.
The most popular apps and games.
Ultra-fast web browsing and streaming with built-in dual-band,
Front-facing HD camera for taking photos or making video calls.
Exceptional battery life—Kindle Fire HD gets over 10 hours of battery
Easy-to-use e-mail, calendar, and contacts for work or home, including
Gmail, Hotmail, Exchange, and more.
Amazon-exclusive features like Whispersync for books and Whispersync for
"Buy Once, Read Everywhere" with the free Kindle app available on a
large number of platforms so customers can read their Kindle books on
any of their devices.
Amazon's top-rated, world-class customer service.
"Kindle Fire HD is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon
since its launch, and we're thrilled to make it available to Canadian
customers," said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. "Not only
does Kindle Fire feature advanced hardware, it's also a service. When
combined with our content ecosystem, great email and browsing and top
rated customer service, we hope people around the world will agree that
Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet for an incredible price."
Kindle Fire is a Service
Kindle Fire is more than just great hardware—it's a service. When a
customer orders a Kindle Fire, it arrives pre-registered to
their Amazon account and greets them by name. All of the customer's
Kindle content is there waiting for them to download and start
enjoying—no long set-up process, and no syncing with a cable. Kindle
Fire also comes with instant access to Amazon's digital content right
from the device, including all of the features customers love about
shopping on Amazon—customer reviews, one-click purchasing and more.
Whenever customers shop on Amazon, or buy a Kindle they know that they
are also getting Amazon's world-class customer service. Customers have
been shopping on Amazon for over 15 years, and they continue to do so
because of the unparalleled, end-to-end customer experience.
Kindle Fire HD comes automatically pre-registered so customers can
immediately start enjoying their digital content purchased from Amazon
or shop for new content.
Connect with Bluetooth and HDMI
Kindle Fire HD supports Bluetooth, enabling customers to connect their
wireless Bluetooth headphones or Bluetooth speakers to listen to songs.
With Bluetooth connectivity, customers can also easily connect to a
wide range of Bluetooth-enabled keyboards. HDMI out makes it easy for
customers to connect Kindle Fire HD to their big-screen TV to enjoy
their favourite videos and photos.
Stunning Custom HD Display
The 8.9" display on Kindle Fire HD features an incredible 254 pixels per
inch with a resolution of 1920x1200, meaning that pixels are
indistinguishable to the human eye. The 7" Kindle Fire HD features a
stunning HD display with 1280x800 resolution that delivers deep,
detailed contrast and rich, natural colour. Kindle Fire HD uses a
laminated touch sensor to reduce glare and make the display easy to
view even in overhead light, and an Advanced True Wide polarizing
filter that results in a display that shows the same deep contrast and
rich, detailed colour from any angle.
High-End Laptop-Quality Wi-Fi—Faster Downloads and High-Speed Streaming
Kindle Fire HD comes with dual-band Wi-Fi and can automatically switch
between the 2.4 GHz network and the less crowded 5 GHz network,
resulting in better range and less interference. In addition, dual
antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO) allow for higher bandwidth
and longer range.
Stay in Touch with Front-Facing HD Camera
Kindle Fire HD features a front-facing HD camera. Skype created a
customized app tailored for Kindle Fire HD that is ready to use out of
the box for free HD video calls at home and abroad. Kindle Fire HD
makes it easy for the over 250 million customers already using Skype to
get in touch with friends and family.
Email and Calendar
The Kindle Fire family features world-class Microsoft Exchange
integration, with fine-tuned performance on many of the most critical
email functions. For example, typical Exchange accounts sync with the
oldest emails first, ending with the most recent emails—Kindle Fire
instead syncs with newer emails first, then with older emails, getting
customers faster access to the most recent emails they are looking for.
Kindle Fire also features calendar app, making it easy for customers to
stay connected and keep track of their schedules. The email client
offers support for the world's most popular email providers—including Gmail, Microsoft Exchange, Hotmail and more.
Photos Brought to Life
Photos come alive in stunning high-resolution on Kindle Fire HD. Fire's
mosaic view arranges personal photos beautifully, and customers will be
delighted to see their best shots on their TV with HDMI out. Kindle
Fire lets customers easily import their photos from Facebook and
because their photos are securely stored in the Amazon cloud, they
never have to worry about losing their favourite pictures.
Millions of Apps, Games and Books
Kindle Fire HD provide customers over 1 million of digital content,
including thousands of exclusives:
Instant access to the most popular apps and games, including Angry Birds
Space HD, Pinterest, Temple Run 2 and Asphalt 7—each one optimized for Kindle Fire HD.
Millions of books, including over 300,000 titles that are exclusive to
the Kindle Store. Over 700,000 books are priced at $3.99 or less; over
a million are $9.99 or less.
16 or 32 GB of On-Device Storage, Plus Free Cloud Storage for Amazon
Kindle Fire HD is available with 16 GB or 32 GB of on-device storage.
This large on-device storage capacity is in addition to the free
storage Amazon provides for Amazon digital content in the Amazon Cloud.
Amazon digital content is automatically backed up for free in the
Amazon Cloud's Worry-Free Archive where it's available anytime.
Powerful World-Class Processor—Snappy and Smooth
An HD display and HD content must be driven by a powerful processor and
optimized software. The Kindle Fire HD family features world-class
processors and an Imagination Technologies graphics engine for
lightning-fast HD graphics and excellent fluidity. The 8.9" Kindle Fire
HD is powered by the latest generation OMAP4 4470 processor and
Imagination SGX544 graphics engine capable of over 12 billion floating
point operations per second, and both Kindle Fire HD 7" and 8.9" come
with higher memory bandwidth than Tegra 3. Combining the latest
generation processors with significant customization of the Kindle Fire
software by Amazon engineers results in a snappy and smooth experience
for the user.
Dual Stereo Speakers and Exclusive Dolby Audio
Kindle Fire HD combines dual stereo speakers with the Dolby Digital Plus
audio platform—the standard in high performance audio—to offer a
world-class audio experience. Dolby's audio suite for Kindle Fire HD
includes technology used to adjust volume and deliver
easy-to-understand dialogue, and also optimizes for headphones versus
speakers. All of these pieces combine to create an exceptional audio
experience that results in clearer, crisper and balanced sound quality.
10 Hours of Battery Life
Kindle Fire HD is optimized to deliver high performance without
sacrificing battery life, delivering over 10 hours of battery life.
Thin and Light
Even with a custom display, a powerful processor, extra speakers and
dual-band/dual-antenna Wi-Fi, Kindle Fire HD 8.9" weighs only 20 ounces
and is just 8.8 mm thin.
Beautiful Leather Covers
Covers for Kindle Fire HD feature a premium textured leather exterior in
a variety of colours and a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the
lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp
ensures the cover remains securely closed while in a backpack, purse,
or briefcase. The cover automatically wakes Kindle Fire HD upon opening
and puts it to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back
into whatever content a customer is enjoying.
Customers can discover full details and order Kindle Fire HD at http://www.amazon.ca/kindle-fire-hd
Pricing and Availability
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is available for pre-order starting today for just
CDN$ 284 at www.amazon.ca/kindle-fire-hd-8.9
Kindle Fire HD 7" is available for pre-order starting today for just
CDN$ 214 at www.amazon.ca/kindle-fire-hd
Kindle Fire HD is also available at selected Canadian stores like The
Source and Staples. Customers can discover stores and location at www.amazon.ca/KindleRetailers
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