Amazon launches Kindle Fire HD 8.9 and 7 tablets; specs and Release Date
After many rumors and leaks, the bigger brother of Amazon Kindle Fire tablet has gone official. The tablet was announced after a televised ad, at an event in Los Angeles. The tablet named Amazon Kindle Fire HD is coming with a huge expectations as well as robust specs under the hood for relatively cheap price. Amazon has also introduced a new version of the 7 inch Amazon Kindle Fire tablet with some revamped features under the hood.
Both Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablets are powered by a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor. According to the Amazon, the processor outperforms the Tegra 3, with 40% more memory bandwidth than Tegra 3. The comment seems to be targeted at the Nexus 7 which is powered by Tegra 3 processor.
The Kindle Fire HD 7 packs a 7 inch IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution while the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has an 8.9 inch display with a staggering a 1920 x 1200 resolution and 2254ppi pixel density. The tablets feature a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25-percent less glare.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 also features an HD front-facing camera for Skype video call, HDMI output and Bluetooth connectivity. The Kindle Fire HD 7 also has an HD front-facing came for Skype video call. The company has also upgraded its speaker with a stereo speakers, and WiFi by adding dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz receiver, two antennas, MIMO radio technology. Amazon highlighted importance of the WiFi and claimed the Kindle Fire HD is the first slate to add MIMO processing.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets will be running on OS built atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich . The company has made several improvements on the software and expanded Whispersync technology, that will allow the users to save their progress in games and audiobooks to the cloud. Amazon has also included a new and improved email client, utilizing the larger and high-resolution display. The OS has undergone a series of improvements, including support for multiple accounts and new parental controls. With the parental control support, the user with administrative access can control the usage of the tablet features like how much time can be spent reading, playing games, or watching videos. Facebook and Skype will be offering their own optimized apps for the new Kindle Fire HD tablets.
Another new feature on the Kindle Fire OS is its Immersion Reading, which gives Kindle Fire HD-specific e-reader features, for example, narration from professionally recorded sources. X-Ray, which can be accessed while reading a book or watching videos or TV program, and will provide an array of relevant information in realtime.
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 has a 10mm thickness and will offer a 11 hours of battery life. The Kindle Fire HD 7 will be available in two flavors of storage, that include 16GB and 32GB versions with price tags of $199 and $249 respectively. Release date for the new Kindle Fire HD 7 is September 14 and now available for pre-order, but if you want a 32GB version of the Kindle Fire HD 7 slate, you will need to wait till October 25th.
On the other hand, the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 measure 9.4″ x 6.4″ x 0.35″ (240 mm x 164 mm x 8.8 mm) and weighs 20 ounces (575 grams). The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet will be available in two versions of connectivity that include WiFi only model and LTE version. The WiFi-only model comes in two variants, 16GB for $299 and 32GB variant for $369. But if you want a faster connectivity on your tablet, you have the LTE version of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet, which will also be available two storage options, 32GB for a price of $499 and 64GB for $599. The data plans are offered by AT&T with a staring cost of $49.99 per year that will offer a monthly data cap of 250MB, 20GB of cloud storage, and a $10 Appstore credit. You can also upgrade the plan to 3GB and 5GB data plans.
The 8.9 inch Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet is also available for pre-order from Amazon with an expected shipping date of November 20.