Friday isn’t just iPhone 5 preorder day — it’s also the first day that Amazon’s (AMZN) brand new Kindle Fire HD tablet goes on sale. The 8.9-inch version of the sleek new slate won’t be available until next month, but the 7-inch model can now be purchased on Amazon’s website for just $199. The new Kindle Fire HD features a 1,280 x 800-pixel high-definition display, Dolby audio, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a front-facing HD webcam and access to Amazon’s Prime library of streaming movies and TV shows. The non-HD model of Amazon’s Kindle Fire is also available starting Friday for just $159.

Zach Epstein has worked in and around ICT for more than a decade, first in marketing and business development with two private telcos, then as a writer and editor covering business news, consumer electronics and telecommunications. Zach’s work has been quoted by countless top news publications. He was also recently named one of the world's top-10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes, as well as one of Inc. Magazine's top-30 Internet of Things experts.