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Amazon introduces new Kindle Fire HD line

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As suspected, Jeff Bezos took to a stage in Santa Monica today to unveil a new line of Kindle Fire tablets, as well as a backlit e-reader called the Kindle Paperlight. The Paperlight is clearly designed to compete with the Barnes and Noble Nook Glow, which has sold well in recent weeks. But it is the Kindle Fire HD tablets that have drawn the most attention from the tech press. 

Bezos said Amazon will sell three HD Kindle Fires: One 7-inch model and two 8.9-inch tablets. The 7-inch model, priced at $199, gets Wi-Fi connectivity and 16 GB of storage. The cheaper of the 8.9-inch tablets will be equipped with a powerful OMAP4 4470 processor and graphics engine, and a price tag of $299. The more expensive will sell for $499 (the price of the cheapest iPad), and include 4G LTE connectivity. 

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