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The latest models in Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet family will go on sale in Australia in the next few weeks, just in time for Christmas.

The Kindle Fire HDX tablets were announced in September, but at that time there was no indication if or when they would come to Australia.

Amazon has now announced that the 7in version will go on sale on 26 November at Dick Smith and Big W for $329. Australians can purchase it from Amazon.com for US$258.97 ($278.49) including standard shippng.

It will be followed on 10 December by the 8.9in model, priced at $479.

The Fire HDX tablets have high density screens (1920 x 1200 on the 7in, 2560 x 1600 on the 8.9in) with "perfect colour accuracy", dynamic image contrast according to the ambient light, and an integrated touch layer for reduced weight (the 8.9in model weighs 374g).

Other features include 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 graphics engine, Fire OS 3.0 Mojito (Amazon's Android-based operating system), "all-day battery life", front facing camera (plus a 8MP rear camera on the 8.9in version), and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus and virtual 5.1 sound.

Wireless display mirroring to Miracast-enabled TVs or adaptors is supported.

Despite the focus on entertainment, Amazon is also addressing some corporate requirements with the Kindle Fire HDX by including support for encryption, Kerberos authentication, secure Wi-Fi connections, VPN integration, and third-party mobile device management systems, company officials stated. Some of these capabilities will be delivered in Fire OS 3.1.

"It's been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and we are grateful for the overwhelmingly positive response from customers. The team is innovating at an unbelievable speed, and we're excited to bring our new Kindle Fire HDX to Australia," said Amazon.com Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.

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Stephen Withers is one of Australia¹s most experienced IT journalists, having begun his career in the days of 8-bit 'microcomputers'. He covers the gamut from gadgets to enterprise systems. In previous lives he has been an academic, a systems programmer, an IT support manager, and an online services manager. Stephen holds an honours degree in Management Sciences, a PhD in Industrial and Business Studies, and is a senior member of the Australian Computer Society.

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