Amazon has officially released its Kindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet in the UK and continental Europe.
The company said that the large-screen version of its tablet would be available for purchase in the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Additionally, the company said that it would be releasing the tablet in Japan and cutting its price in the US.
With the expanded release, the company hopes to build a larger user base which will help to bring down the overall cost of producing the tablet.
"Customers tell us they love our large-screen version of Kindle Fire HD for web browsing, email, gaming, watching TV shows, reading magazines, and more," said Amazon Kindle vice president Dave Limp.
"As we expand Kindle Fire HD 8.9" to Europe and Japan, we've been able to increase our production volumes and decrease our costs. Across our business at Amazon, whenever we are able to create cost efficiencies like this, we want to pass the savings along to our customers."
Users can purchase the tablet directly through Amazon UK at a starting price of £229.00. Currently only the Wi-Fi version of the tablet it available. Amazon has yet to give a UK release date for the 4G model.
Meanwhile, customers in the US will see a price drop on the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" with the Wi-Fi version starting at $269 and the 4G tablet starting at $399.
Amazon's release expands on a UK lineup which already included a number of smaller Kindle models. Researchers estimate that over the last quarter of the year roughly half of all tablets sold sported screens of 8in or smaller.
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