As it could be expected around this time of the year, Amazon launched the new upgraded Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 along with the Fire HD7, the “all-new” Fire HD 6 and the Kindle Fire HD Kids. Out of the quartet, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is decidedly the most high-end and deserves to be called flagship. Great news is that you won’t have to wait long to grab the device because pre-orders are open starting today.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 exceeds its predecessor in almost every aspect but design…
The most basic model with Wi-Fi only and 16GB of storage is priced at $379. For twice as much memory (32GB) Amazon asks $429, while the 64GB variant costs $479. The Fire HDX 8.9 with cellular connectivity goes for $529 and $579 for 32GB and 64GB model, respectively. The tablet will start shipping in a little over a month, on October 21st.
On the outside, the tablet didn’t undergo any significant changes. In fact, it looks just like last year’s model which is not a bad thing if you are a fan of simple, unassuming designs that don’t draw too much attention. Don’t let the familiar appearance fool you, though. The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 exceeds its predecessor in almost every aspect and according to Amazon, is even better that the Apple iPad Air.
The new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 keeps the same screen size as last year’s model (8.9 inches diagonally), as you probably figured out from the name. Resolution is also unchanged and at 2560 x 1600 pixels works out to a pixel density of 339 ppi which results in a screen 30% denser than the iPad Air’s Retina display. User experience will be further enhanced by a new feature called Dynamic Light Control which automatically adjusts the brightness and white balance of the display when using the Kindle app for reading books. The feature will be available in the coming weeks via software update.
Compared to its predecessor, the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is 20% faster. That’s because Amazon put inside a quad-core 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor with Adreno 405 GPU for taking care of graphics. The tablet lost a little weight too. It now weighs 13.2 ounces and is 20% lighter than the iPad Air. The new Fire HDX 8.9 also leaves the iPad Air behind in terms of audio experience thanks to Dolby speakers that are twice as loud as iPad’s and Dolby Atmos for a new headphone experience. On a side note, the Fire HDX 8.9 is the first tablet ever that comes with Dolby Atmos.
Other key features of the device include 2GB of RAM, 8-megapixel rear camera with 1080p video capture, a front-facing 720p HD camera for video calls and powerful battery which should offer up to 12 hours of usage time. The tablet runs Fire OS 4.0 Sangria with Firefly, Mayday and access to rich digital content.
To sum up, the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a significant upgrade over last year’s model, even though the familiar design language doesn’t suggest so. Looking at the improvements implemented in all key aspects, it becomes obvious that Amazon is keeping up with market demands which means that the new Fire HDX 8.9 should be a solid offering.
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