Has the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE received FCC clearance?

September 10, 2012
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    Want to be the first to own the 8.9-inch variant of Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD 4G? If you pre-order the tablet now, Amazon has said that it expects to ship the tablet out on November 20. But those with sharp eyes may have noticed a disclaimer on the retailer’s website that could affect the tablet’s timely delivery.

    It turns out Amazon hasn’t gotten the green light yet from FCC to release the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G. Here’s what the disclaimer reads on the 4G device’s preorder page:

    “This device has not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. This device is not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased, until authorization is obtained”.

    While there are conflicting reports about the status of the device, an FCC representative has confirmed to Electronista that the Kindle Fire HD 4G hasn’t gone through the agency’s rigorous testing procedure. The culprit, apparently, is the new design for the cellular modem, which seemingly prevented Amazon from filing it early.  “Should Amazon have given us the device earlier this summer it would have been done in time for the release, assuming the modem was in compliance”, the representative said.

    This doesn’t automatically mean that Amazon’s first tablet to sport a high-resolution display and 4G radio will be delayed beyond its expected November release. But it’s certainly interesting to see whether Amazon would be able to obtain the approval on time.

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