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After recently making its way to India, Amazon has not only given a feeling of insecurity to Flipkart and other online retailers but also seems to have understood the Indian tablet market. Now Amazon is fully prepped to launch their tablets and ebook readers in India, viz. the Kindle, Kindle Paperwhite, and Android-based Kindle Fire HD tablet.
They have announced that the tablets will all go on sale on June 27 in India. The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch model will be available for Rs 15,999 (16GB) and Rs 18,999 (32GB) while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch model will be available at a price of Rs 21,999 (16GB) and Rs 25,999 (32GB).
The store will also retail an ebook reader called Kindle Paperwhite which will also be available in both Wi-Fi only and Wi-Fi + 3G models. It offers up to 8 weeks of battery life and will be priced for Rs 10,999 for Wi-Fi only and Rs 13,999 for Wi-Fi + 3G version. All the four models will be available from June 27.
Going by the specs, Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Imagination SGX540 GPU. It weighs 395 grams and is powered by a 4400mAh battery rated at 11 hours of usage. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes with a pixel density of 254 pixels per inch and a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. It is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Imagination SGX544 GPU, weighs 567 grams and is powered by a 6000mAh battery rated at 10 hours of usage.
Both tablets come with 1GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi, Dolby Audio with dual stereo speakers, Bluetooth 3.0, and are available in 16GB and 32GB variants. The tablets run a highly customised version of Android 4.0.3 with apps available through Amazon's Appstore, instead of Google Play. Kindle Fire HD tablets can also consume content from Amazon's large library of audio, video and books content, though only books are available in India as of now.
Kindle Fire HD features a laminated touch sensor to reduce glare and make the display easy to view even in overhead light, and an Advanced True Wide polarizing filter that results in a display that shows the same deep contrast and rich, detailed color from any angle.
The NextWeb reports said that the US e-tailer is only operating its Amazon Marketplace for third-party merchants in India as Amazon still doesn't have regulatory approval to ship its own goods in India. This suggests that the Kindle sales will be handled by local partner Croma.
Pre-orders are not yet open, so buyers can register their email with Amazon India to receive notification for the starting of the sales. However, the tablets will be available online at Amazon.in and at multiple retail outlets across India including Croma, Reliance Digital, E-Zone and Vijay Sales stores located in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chandigarh, Ahmedabad and Pune, starting June 27.