Amazon cuts prices of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 models

Amazon officially announced the new and larger 8.9 HD version of its Kindle Fire tablet in September. Today, the company announced that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 would not only get a price cut here in the US but would also be sold in parts of Europe and in Japan for the first time.

Amazon's press release states that the WiFi only version is now priced starting at $269 in the US for the 16 GB version, with "special offers", representing a $30 price cut. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 with WiFi and 4G support will now be priced starting at $399 for the 32 GB version with "special offers", a substantial $100 reduction on the price of that model.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet will now be sold in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain along with Japan for the first time. Amazon VP Dave Limp stated in the press release, "“As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9” to Europe and Japan, we’ve been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers."

Amazon famously does not reveal shipment numbers for any of its Kindle eReaders or Kindle Fire tablets, admitting only to having sold "millions" of tablets.

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I wouldn't purchase another Kindle after they released the new Kindles and didn't update the software on the original models. If these things are meant to be content consumption devices for Amazon products/services, then it would be in their best interest to keep buyer's devices updated and fresh. Understandably, nothing is going to get supported forever, but abandoning a device after a year is crap.

Rooted mine and installed Hashcode's vanilla Android ROM from XDA forums and it works about as well as a Nexus 7 now and much better than Amazon's custom Android in both speed and functionality.