Posting from Santa Monica, Calif.: The new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD was the one new device that Amazon didn’t let reporters handle during the demo period of the company’s event today here. But Amazon execs did have units on hand and provide tours of the basic features.

See the video above for a guided tour from Amazon Kindle VP Dave Limp.

I did get to hold the 7-inch version of the device, and I was particularly struck by how thin it is. The larger version is 8.8 mm thick, compared to 9.4 mm for the larger-screen iPad, but considerably more thin than the original Kindle Fire. See our earlier live blog for pricing, specs, availability and more details.

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  • davidgeller

    Nice preview – better than the big pubs Engadget and Verge! The X-Ray feature will be awesome. Very innovative, and a great use of their IMDB property. I also like the child protection features that you didn’t show but I had read about. Also, very innovative – especially the ability to limit the amount of activity (by type) for certain users. Amazon has shown, with this device and platform, they’re VERY serious about mobile computing. It’s exciting to see such cool stuff at highly competitive prices. Apple will have to step up their game. Some of the other Android-based product will have a tough time competing.

  • Campbell

    I WOULD preferred on how to work the apps

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