Kindle Fire HD spreads to 170 countries

Starting in June, Amazon's Kindle Fire HD tablets will be available in over 170 countries worldwide.

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Amazon plans to begin shipping the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets next month to over 170 countries.

In an announcement Thursday, the Internet giant said that the Kindle Fire tablets are now available for preorder through the company's Web site and that shipments will start June 13.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 is available for preorder today and is priced at $284, whereas the 7-inch version retails at $214.

The Kindle Fire HD is a Web-enabled and Bluetooth-supporting mobile device. The 8.9-inch version comes with a customized HD display of 1920x1200 pixels -- equivalent to 254 pixels per inch -- and a laminated touch sensor to reduce glare by 25 percent, according to Amazon. The 7-inch version is equipped with a 1280x800 display. Both sizes of the tablet comes with a 16GB or 32GB storage option.

The tablet is also able to give a user up to 10 hours of battery life, and features a front-facing HD camera.

"Kindle Fire HD is the #1 best-selling item in the world for Amazon since its launch, and we're thrilled to make it available to even more customers around the globe today," said Dave Limp, vice president of Amazon Kindle. "Not only does Kindle Fire feature advanced hardware, it's also a service. When combined with our content ecosystem, great email and browsing and top-rated customer service, we hope people around the world will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best tablet for an incredible price."

There are over 300,000 e-books available in the Kindle Store, as well as a variety of apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.

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