Amazon puts Kindle Fire, Fire HD for pre-order in Japan; shipping starts Dec 19

Making it the first Asian country to get Kindle tablets, Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire in Japan today.  Japanese consumers can pre-order the tablets right-away at

The original but improved Kindle Fire has got the price –tag of ¥12,800, and new Kindle Fire HD will cost starting ¥15,800. Amazon has stated that both the tablets will begin shipping December 19.

The Kindle Fire HD, which also became Amazon’s biggest selling item, comes with 7-inch HD IPS display with 1280x800p resolution, 1.2Gz dual-core TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi, front camera,  and 4,400mAh battery.

“Kindle Fire HD is already the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon, and we’re thrilled to make it available for the first time in Japan. It features a stunning customized HD display, the fastest Wi-Fi, exclusive Dolby audio, powerful processor and graphics engine, 16 or 32 GB of storage and 11 hours of battery life,” said Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO. “Not only does Kindle Fire HD feature the most advanced hardware, it’s also a service. When combined with our unmatched content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability, and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best 7” tablet available anywhere, at any price.”

On the other hand, the Kindle Fire features a 7-inch IPS display with 1024x600p resolution, Wi-Fi, and dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor.

Content for Kindle tablets

As being a closed ecosystem, Kindle tablet users have to rely on Amazon for most of the content, also the tablet has been made as the platform of Amazon content consumption only.

So, what content is Amazon offering in Japan:

  • The new Japanese Kindle Store, which will launch on October 25, will offer customers the largest selection of digital best sellers in Japan, a total of over 50,000 Japanese-language Kindle books including over 10,000 free Japanese titles.
  • Instant access to the most popular apps and games
  • Millions of songs from hundreds of thousands of artists

No video or TV content offering seems to be present right now for Japanese consumers.

According to Amazon, Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will be available at a variety of retailers in addition to, including: K’s Holdings, Bic Camera, Joshin Denki, and Kitamura.

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