Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet finally reaches the UK

Kindle Fire HD 8.9Amazon has added a third tablet to its Kindle Fire range in the UK, and it’s the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, which was released in the USA at the tail end of last year. Announced during the same event where the Kindle Fire HD was first confirmed for UK release, the Fire HD 8.9 was the most technically impressive device on display, and it’s a shame it has taken this long to arrive here.

It’s equipped with an 8.9-inch display, which has an excellent 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution, putting it at the top of Amazon’s Fire range, and on a par with other high resolution tablets such as the Google Nexus 10 and the Barnes and Noble Nook HD+.

Powering the tablet is a 1.5GHz, dual-core processor, which drives Amazon’s own modified version of Android. It’s completely different to any other Android tablet, and is designed to give quick and easy access to all Amazon’s digital content stores, such as movies, music and apps. This is both good and bad, as some apps won’t be compatible, and side loading your own content is problematic.

Amazon sell two different versions of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, one with 16GB of storage space and the other with 32GB. The price is also the same as the Nook HD+, at £229 and £259 respectively. You’ll have to add another £10 if you want to turn off Amazon’s built-in adverts too.

It joins the basic Kindle Fire, which has a 7-inch, 1024 x 600 pixel screen and costs £129, and the Kindle Fire HD, with its 7-inch 1280 x 800 pixel screen and £159 price tag. The Fire HD 8.9 is available to order right now through Amazon UK.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars