HD Kindle Fires Unveiled, Price on Regular Dropped to $159

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Online retailer Amazon is seeing things in high depth. On Thursday, the company unveiled its latest Kindle Fire tablets, featuring HD capabilities. In the new family are three devices, ranging in prices between $199 and $499. While the most affordable in the mix retains the seven inch screen of its predecessor, the two more expensive offerings both feature an 8.9” display.

Amazon initially launched its first Kindle Fire in September of last year. The cheapest version ($199.00) of the new tablet clocks in at a 16GB.

In addition to the Kindle HD tablets, Amazon also released two versions of an e-reader device called the Kindle Paperwhite with one featuring 3G.

“Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite are each in a class by themselves when it comes to hardware—there’s nothing better. But the real magic is that they are also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree these are the best tablets and e-readers anywhere, at any price,” commented Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in a letter appearing on Amazon.com.

What could be considered more interesting is that Amazon has moved to make its original Kindle Fire featuring 8GB memory available for just $159.00 starting next Friday. That’s a deal that could appeal to consumers during the approaching Holiday season.

The new Kindle Fire HD line already has its competition cut out. Rival releases include Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and an upcoming iPad mini tablet from Cupertino, California-based tech provider Apple.