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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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