In pictures: Amazon's iPad rival, the Kindle Fire HD

Photos from the launch.

By Chris Jager on Sep 7, 2012
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Amazon has lifted the curtains on a new Kindle Fire which is expected to compete directly with the Apple iPad. The new device, which was unveiled by Amazon at a US press event, boasts an 8.9in display with a native resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. Other highlights include dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio, vastly improved Wi-Fi speeds and optional 4G LTE (US compatible). A smaller 7in version was also unveiled at the same event. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos shows off the 7in and 8.9in Kindle Fire HD to the crowd. The 8.9in Kindle Fire HD will be available in two versions: a 16GB Wi-Fi model for $US299 and 32GB 4G LTE model for $US499. The 7in version will sell for $US199. Amazon did not announce Australian availability and didn't respond to request for comment by the time of publication, but according to tech blog Gizmodo, it won't make it to Australia, in similar fashion to its predecessors. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Bezos demonstrates the image quality of Kindle Fire HD with some Robert Palmer-inspired imagery. The 1920x1200 resolution trumps nearly every other tablet on the market with the exception of the new iPad's retina display. [Image credit: Getty Images]
At the event, Amazon also unveiled the Kindle Paperwhite: a revamped Kindle Touch that adds additional features such as a front-lit display for reading in the dark. The original Kindle Touch has also received a revamp, with the new version introducing a lower price tag and higher res screen. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Pictured: Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Guests tussle to get their mits on the Kindle Fire HD during a post-launch press conference. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Amazon also showed off some colourful Kindle cover accessories at the event. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Pictured: Kindle reading devices at Amazon's press conference in Santa Monica, California. [Image credit: Getty Images]
Amazon is doubtlessly expecting big things from these new tablets: if the company is to be believed, the first Kindle Fire now accounts for more than 20 percent of all U.S. tablet sales. Perhaps one day soon the Aussie market will finally get one. [Image credit: Getty Images]

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