Amazon has just outed another Kindle — the Kindle Fire HD 7. The new tablet is essentially a smaller version of the just-announced Kindle Fire HD 8.9, but with a 1280 x 800 7-inch IPS screen instead of a 1920 x 1200 8.9-inch display. Other than the different display size, the Android-based tablet features the same dual-anntena 5GHz Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments, HDMI, and Bluetooth connectivity as the 8.9-inch Fire HD. The device will also have a HD webcam for Skype and 16GB of storage, just like its larger brother. Amazon's estimating that the 10.3mm-thick tablet will be able to eke out 11 hours of battery life. What's the price difference for losing that 1.9 inches of extra diagonal screen real estate? $100. Amazon announced that the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch is available for pre-order now, and will ship on September 14th for $199.
There will also be an option of a 32GB version of the Kindle Fire HD 7, which will cost $249 and will be available on October 25th.. Unfortunately, Amazon has decided that every new Kindle Fire — the HD 7, HD 8.9, and updated standard definition Fire — will include special offers. These will be on the device's lock screen, and from what we're hearing right now there will be no way to opt out.
The primary difference between the Kindle Fire HD 7 and the updated Kindle Fire, which costs $159, is the high-res, laminated IPS display as well as upgraded internals. It looks like if you want cellular connectivity you'll need to upgrade to the $499 LTE Kindle Fire HD 8.9, however. Of course, just like the Kindle Fire 8.9, the HD 7 will share the new software enhancements like Whispersync for Games, X-Ray for movies, and more.
Be sure to check our hands-on with the device for more impressions of the $199 tablet.
Update: Added launch date for 32GB Kindle Fire HD 7.