Most electronics manufacturers refresh their portfolio on yearly basis and Amazon is no different in this case. The first Kindle Fire tablets went on sale two years ago. Last year, almost to the day, the company released the new Kindle Fire HD. Today Amazon announced an upgraded version of its last year’s model together with two more devices, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and HDX 8.9. The 2013 edition of the Kindle Fire HD comes with improved hardware and new design. The tablet also sports a new and more attractive price tag of just $139 for the 8 GB model. The 16 GB version costs $30 more. The tablet is available for pre-order already and will start shipping on October 2.
New Amazon Kindle Fire Tablets
Both, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, are brand new additions to the Kindle Fire lineup. Pricing of the 7-inch model starts at $229 for a tablet with 16 GB of storage. If you need more memory, the cost will get higher, obviously, ranging from $269 for the 32 GB variant to $309 for the 64 GB model.
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is priced at $379, $429 and $479 for the 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB version, respectively. The devices are available with Wi-Fi only and optional LTE connectivity from Verizon or AT&T, which accosts additional $100. Both, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, can be pre-ordered from Amazon’s store. The former is expected to be released on October 18, while the latter will start shipping on November 7.
The new Kindle Fire HD received a new “industrial” look, is lighter and thinner that its predecessor and has slimmed bezels. The tablet packs a new dual-core 1.5Ghz processor from Texas Instruments, which according to Amazon is up to 60% faster than previously used chip.
The new generation of Kindle Fire HD runs a refreshed Fire OS 3.0, also known as Mojito, and will ship pre-loaded with a multitude of apps and Amazon-exclusive services, such as Carousel, Grid View, Screen Reader, Explore by Touch, Screen Magnifier and more.
Amazon has its own app store, however, Android apps work like a charm on the Kindle Fire tablets. Other features remain unchanged and include a 7-inch 1280 x 800 IPS display, 1 GB of RAM and dual stereo speakers.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 are virtually the same. The only difference is that the HDX 7 features a 7-inch display with a 1920 x 1200 resolution at 323 ppi, while the HDX 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch 2560 x 1600 screen with a pixel density of 339 ppi.
The bigger model is also equipped with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. Other than that, both tablets are identical. Both are powered by a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU. As Amazon claims, the processor is 3 times faster than the previous-generation Kindle Fire HD. The devices also offer 2 GB of RAM and front-facing HD camera.
Like the new Kindle Fire HD, the HDX 7 and HDX 8.9 runs Fire OS 3.0.
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