Amazon has confirmed that its Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Paperwhite devices are now available for order in the UK, offering customers another rival to Apple's new iPad Mini device.
The 7in Kindle Fire HD tablet is the firm's top of the range device, based on the Android operating system, with support for Wi-Fi, storage options of either 16GB or 32GB and a front-facing HD camera. Amazon also claimed it offers 11 hours of battery life.
The device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and has a 1,280x800 HD display, hence the name. The 16GB version will cost £159 and the 32GB model will cost £199. It's available to order now from Amazon's website.
The firm has also unveiled its Paperwhite device, its first 'frontlit' Kindle e-reader (pictured below).
Amazon claimed it offers eight hours of battery life and a screen that offers 62 percent more pixels than standard Kindle for an improved reading experience.
Amazon has also introduced a technique to light the screen that it claims will not strain readers' eyes. Its frontlit screen is illuminated from above, so the light never shines in to the users' eyes, and provides a more even light than book lights or illuminated covers, Amazon claimed.
However, both versions of the Paperwhite, although touted as available to order now by Amazon, have been delayed, seemingly because of large numbers of pre-orders.
The Wi-Fi will only be in stock by 30 November, while Amazon said of the 3G and Wi-Fi version was also delayed.
"Due to popular demand, orders placed today are expected to ship in the week of 3 December," it explained.
The device will compete with numerous other tablets including Apple's new iPad Mini and a slew of Windows 8 tablets set to be available in the coming weeks from a raft of vendors, while Google's own Nexus 7 tablet remains popular too.
Firms such as Amazon are keen to try and undercut rivals with low-priced tablets in order to raise revenues from content downloads such as books, films and games.
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