Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 started shipping today on November 15. The 4G LTE edition will start shipping next week, on November 20. Backorders for these tablets are pretty formidable at the moment, with the second batch of these two 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD’s, shipping on December 3.
By Tom Bowen – The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes two months after Amazon released the new versions of the 7-inch Kindle Fire 7 and Kindle Fire HD 7, both released on September 14.
Starting at $299 the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, features a high-resolution 1920×1200 HD display with 254 ppi, and Dolby audio, making it the main rival of the new 9-inch Barnes & Noble NOOK HD+, released just a few days ago, on November 8.
The 9-inch NOOK HD+ features an even better 1920×1280 high-resolution display with 256 ppi, and a slightly lower price, at $269. The NOOK HD+ also comes without ads (the kind of ads Amazon calls “Special Offers” on Kindle Fire tablets, that you can opt out of for a small fee).
Both the new NOOK HD+ and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 are great tablets, so for most people it becomes a question of what ecosystem and content they want to run on their tablet.
And despite not having been released until today, the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has been on Amazon’s top 10 tablet bestseller list every day since the unveiling two months ago.