Amazon announced the updated Kindle Fire along with the new Kindle Fire HD earlier in the month, during their September 7th press event. At that time they began offering the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD for pre-order. But on that note, it looks like the pre-order phase has since passed and both models are now shipping. Simply put, you can buy today and (with the overnight shipping option) have the ereading tablet in your hand as early as tomorrow.
Just to offer a quick refresher, the updated Kindle Fire is priced at $159 and is touted as having 40 percent faster performance, twice the memory and a longer battery life. What that actually means, the Kindle Fire has been given a processor and RAM upgrade and now has a battery life of up to 9 hours. Otherwise, the Kindle Fire has a 7-inch (1024 x 600) IPS display, 8GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi connectivity and a weight of 14.1 ounces.
In terms of the Kindle Fire HD. This one is available in a 16GB and 32GB variety which are priced at $199 and $249 respectively. The Kindle Fire HD also has a 7-inch IPS display, however this one is sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800. Other points worth mentioning, the Kindle Fire HD has up to 11 hours of battery life, Wi-Fi connectivity and a weight of 13.9 ounces.