After the release of the Nexus 7 by Google and the high success it had, being sold out everywhere, Amazon knew they have to play catch-up.
They have today announced the new Kindle Fire HD, a direct competitor to the Nexus 7. This new device has a 7-inch 1280x720 (HD) screen, stereo Dolby Digital audio with two speakers on each side (four speakers all together), 1.2Ghz dual-core processor and runs on a custom version of Android.
It defeats the Nexus 7 in two main areas, that's the storage space and the speakers. The Kindle Fire HD 16GB model is going for £159, while the Nexus 7 16GB is going for £199. The Kindle Fire HD also has a speaker system which blows the Nexus 7 speakers out of the water. However with the Nexus 7 you do get official access to the Google Play Store and regular Android software updates for free.
Of course as with any Amazon product, you get access to all the Amazon services (except the Amazon video service if you're in the UK, you instead get LoveFilm).
The 16GB model is going for £159 and the 32GB model is going for £199. You can pre-order one now and it'll be released on 25th of October.