Amazon has updated its Kindle Fire tablets lineup by introducing three new products: two with 7-inch and an 8.9-inch high-resolution display.
The new devices have got tons of improvements on the hardware front than the previous generation. The Kindle Fire HDX tablets are based on FireOS 3.0 code-named Mojito, which is an extremely customized version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
The new 7-inch and 8.9-inch versions add the letter “X” over the previous generation with significant changes on the hardware front. The new tablets feature an UltraHD display and a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. Precisely, the model with a larger screen has a higher resolution, an 8-megapixel rear camera and weighs 34% less than its predecessor.
The specs sheet of 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX reads the presence of an UltraHD display with a resolution of 2560×1600 pixel at 339 ppi and high color rendering (100% sRGB), a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 GPU, 16/32/64GB storage options, front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, 4G LTE (optional) and a battery capable of ensuring autonomy up to 12 hours of use, extended to 18 hours if the tablet is used in eBook Reader mode. The tablet measures 231x158x7.8 mm and weights 374 grams. Indeed, it’s a powerful and efficient tablet.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX shares many characteristics of its big brother but has a smaller display and lower resolution of 1920 × 1200 pixels at 323ppi and incorporates only a front camera. It is lighter, weighing 303 grams and smaller size of 186x128x9 mm. Its battery keeps lights on for up to 11 hours of normal use and up to 17 hours in eBook Reader mode.
Apart of this, both devices integrate a unique feature called “Mayday.” It’s a button, which allows you to get instant technical support from Amazon team, which will be available 24×7.
On the software front, Kindle Fire HDX runs FireOS 3.0 built around the Android platform and introduces many features directly from Amazon, such as Prime Instant Videos that guarantees downloads and updates for all pre-installed apps, and X-Ray for Music, which allows adding lyrics that let you follow along with songs and scroll automatically line-by-line as the song plays.
Amazon has also updated the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD with a new body that houses a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, the same display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels. It runs FireOS aka “Mojito” and doesn’t implement “Mayday” features due to lack of a microphone. This model will cost $139, almost $60 less than the predecessor.
Here’s complete details of Kindle Fire HDX variants and their prices:
|Storage||Price (Wi-Fi Only)||Price (Wi-Fi + 4G LTE)|
|7-inch Kindle Fire HDX||16GB||$229.00||$329.00|
|7-inch Kindle Fire HDX||32GB||$269.00||$369.00|
|7-inch Kindle Fire HDX||64GB||$309.00||$409.00|
|8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX||16GB||$379.00||$379.00|
|8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX||32GB||$429.00||$529.00|
|8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX||64GB||$479.00||$579.00|
|7-inch Kindle Fire HD||8GB||$139.00||–|
|7-inch Kindle Fire HD||16GB||$169.00||–|
Starting today, Buyers can pre-order these, only on Amazon.com. The 7-inch will be shipped from October 18 while the 8.9-inch will be shipped starting November 7th. Even the 7-inch and 8.9 inch LTE models are also up for pre-orders now but they will be shipped by November 14th and December 10th, respectively.