Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" features a striking 1900 x 1200 HD display, Dolby speakers, and access to Amazon's deep content catalog featuring over 22 million items.

Merry Christmas indeed. Thanks to all you tipsters, we were able to grab a Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet for only $249. Now you can too – as long as you live in the U.S.

Today only, Amazon is offering a $50 “Gold Box” discount on both the 16GB (normally $299) and 32GB model ($369). Note that to get rid of those pesky “special offers” that Amazon includes on their Kindles, you’ll need to pay an additional $15. We highly recommend doing exactly that.

As a reminder this 8.9″ Kindle features a well-received 1920 x 1200 high resolution display. Also – something we don’t see often in tablets – it comes with Dolby audio and dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi for faster downloads (up to 40% better than the iPad 3 Amazon claims).

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The best part of the Kindle, however, may well be its slick integration with Amazon’s deep selection of content – “22 million movies, TV shows, songs, magazines, books, audiobooks, and popular apps and games such as FacebookNetflix,Twitter, HBO GOPandora, and Angry Birds Space.”

And you get unlimited cloud storage for all your Kindle content.

The most obvious competitor is the Google Nexus 7 which sells for only $199 for the 16GB model. That’s a pretty good deal too. With the Fire HD 8.9″ you do get a larger screen, the aforementioned Dolby, and lots of content. It’s worth pointing out the Nexus 7 does feature a faster quad-core processor.

To take advantage of the specially priced Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ be sure to act fast as the deal is only valid today: enter the promo code FIREHD89 at checkout to receive an instant $50 discount; prices will then drop to $299 and $319 for the 16GB and 32GB models respectively.

Happy shopping!