Amazon challenged the tablet sector with their latest offer. When they promised to deliver a decent sub-$100 tablet the whole world was skeptical, but everything suggest that the company kept their promise. Just yesterday’s evening Amazon announced starting to accept pre-orders for their Kindle Fire HD 6 offered for the mouth-watering price of $99 and the Kindle Fire HD for mere $139 with general release beginning in October. The both tablets are available in the wide variety of color schemes.
Kindle Fire HD 6 vs. Kindle Fire HD 7
As their numerical names suggest, the Kindle Fire HD tablets come with 6-inch and 7-inch screens, both protected by the scratch-proof Gorilla Glass. Both tablets offer a resolution of 1280x 800p that translates to the pixel density of 252ppi in the case of the Kindle Fire HD 6, and a bit lower 216ppi when it comes to the bigger version.
Speaking on the size and design both slates are a very “pocketable” gadgets, since the measuring169 x 103 x 10.7 mm and weighting only 290 grams Kindle Fire HD 6 is one of the smallest tablets, the bigger one is only slightly bigger and measures 191 x 128 x 10.6 mm and weights 337 grams.
Moving on to the list of specs, the tablets are powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.5GHz which according to Amazon provides better performance than the processors featured by competing budget tablets and is paired with 1GB RAM and two versions of the built-in memory: 16GB and 8GB (sadly, both without possibility to be expanded via microSD). They also support single-band Wi-Fi connectivity and SlimPort enabled microUSB 2.0 port.
In terms of optics, we will get a combination of two cameras, a 2-megapixel main sensor accompanied by a front VGA shooter. Furthermore, although both slates feature Dolby Digital Plus sound enhancement the Kindle Fire HD 6 is equipped with a mono speaker when the Kindle Fire HD 7 sports dual-stereo speakers. The battery known from previous models of Fire HD is said to deliver up to 8 hours of watching video, listening to music, reading and browsing the web. So, concluding, we will get relatively fine tech parameters as for such a low price what makes the Amazon’s offer a really good bargain.
Going deeper, both tablets run Amazon Fire OS 4 which is the Android-based operating system whose biggest disadvantage is the lack of the access to Google Play app store. Even if you’re disappointed by the non-expendable internal storage, don’t worry Amazon ensures the Kindle Fire HD future users that thanks to their cloud-centric media and app structure, you will be able to easily and quickly delete and load again the content whenever you need it.
In addition along with the premiere of the Kindle Fire HD 6 and 7, Amazon announced release of the revamped edition of the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 which is a great offer for all of you interested in buying more premium, bigger and more powerful tablet. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is also available in pre-order at price starting at $379 (the AT&T or Verizon’s LTE and 32GB option goes for $529)
Although pricing of the Kindle Fire HD 6 starts at the sub-$100, if you like to buy the 16 GB variant you will have to pay $134 with no sponsored content. The Kindle Fire HD 7 8GB model with ads costs $139, the 16GB version of the slate with no ads can be yours for $174. When buying you may choose among blue, yellow, black, white and pink color options. The pre-orders start their shipping sometime in October along with the devices’ general launch. Additionally, if you want to buy one of the tablets for your child you can purchase the Amazon Fire HD 6 or 7 in special kids edition for respectively: $149 and $189 (both only in 8GB version).