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Amazon Kindle Fire UK: What you need to know

Everything you need to know about Amazon's UK Kindle Fire launch

Amazon has at last decided to bring the Kindle Fire to the UK so here's everything you need to know about the Android tablet.

The tablet is a rival to tablets including the Nexus 7 and iPad and rather than just launching the device as it was released a year ago, it has a few upgrades. The Kindle Fire is available to pre-order now from Amazon.co.uk and there's also a new Kindle Fire HD model with higher specifications. 

See also: As it happened: Amazon Kindle Fire event.

Amazon Kindle Fire

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Amazon Kindle Fire: Price

The firm has undercut Google's £159 price tag for the Nexus 7, offering the Kindle Fire in the UK for £129.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Release date

You can pre-order the Kindle Fire which is due for release on 25 October.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Specification

The upgraded Kindle Fire has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, customised version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 8GB of internal storage, 7in IPS screen (1024 x 600), microUSB, Wi-Fi and a nine hour battery life.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Dimensions

This 7in tablet is 120x189x11.5m and 400g.

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire: Content

When you buy a tablet you automatically buy into its ecosystem of apps and other content. Amazon separates itself from Google's offering with its own array of books, video, music and apps.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Music

Amazon has been selling MP3s alongside CDs for a while with currently 20 million songs on offer. Cloud Player will launch with the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD will allow users to upload music to Amazon's cloud storage to be then download and used on the Kindle Fire. This reduces the limitesion of internal flash storage but only the first 250 songs are free to upload.

Amazon Kindle Fire: Videos

Since Amazon owns LoveFilm, the Kindle Fire has access to a large collection of movies and TV shows. LoveFilm Instant subscriber will be able to stream content on the Kindle Fire with ease. Whispersync means you can watch a film on one devices, then carry on where you left off on another seamlessly.

Amazon Kindle Fire Movies

Amazon Kindle Fire: Books

The successful range of Kindle eReaders means that Amazon's large selection of eBooks is also available for the Kindle Fire. This is possible by the Kindle Android app. The tablet doesn't have an e-ink screen but this means you have the added option of digital magazines.

See also: New £69 Kindle eReader: what you need to know.

Amazon Kindle Fire: App Store

Amazon has just launched its Appstore in the UK so that is where you'll get apps for the Kindle Fire from - there's no Google Play Store. Since the store is in its infancy, compared to the Play Store at least, it has far fewer apps on offer but gives away one paid app for free every day.

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