Amazon Unveils New Kindle Fire Family

September 26, 2013  |  eReaders, New Products

Amazon announced their newest additions to the Kindle Fire family with the new 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX as well as lowering the price of it’s Kindle Fire tablet.  So what’s new in this next generation?

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Well the 7″ Kindle Fire HDX comes at a resolution of 1900 x 1200 (323 ppi) while the 8.9″ HDX brings you a resolution of 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi).

Both models were redesigned to feature new quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, Dolby Digital Plus audio, a 720p front-facing camera, and 11 hours of battery life (or an extended 17 hours of battery life for strictly-reading use)[a la Kobo Reading-Centric Style].

Both models feature the new Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito) and an on-screen “Mayday” button which brings you an Amazon Genius to help you with your technical support via a 24/7 one-way video support, enabling tech agents to draw on the screen and even remote control the device for support purposes.

  • Standard 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (16GB) priced at $229.
  • LTE 7″ Kindle Fire HDX (16GB) priced at $329.
  • Standard 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX (16GB) priced at $379.
  • LTE 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX (16GB) priced at $479.

The 7″ models will start shipping on October 18, while LTE versions ship on November 14.  The standard 8.9″ models will ship on November 7, with the LTE models shipping December 10.

That’s not all, the original 16GB Kindle Fire 7″ HD was updated with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and is now selling at a low price of $169.  This Fire HD will also be getting the Mojito OS 3.0 update which includes new features such as: multi-tasking, speed enhancements, new content mangement options, etc.  A new 8GB model is also available now priced at $139 and scheduled to ship October 2.

Note: Kindle Fire HDX comes in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and in Wi-Fi only or Wi-Fi and LTE models.  Kindle Fire HD comes in 8GB and 16GB models and Wi-Fi only.

[Pre-order the Kindle Fire HDX]

[Pre-order the Kindle Fire HD]

What do I think of this update?  Well to tell you the truth, it’s enticing but not enticing enough.  Something about the Kindle Fire doesn’t tickle me as much as the Paperwhite does.  I truly enjoy the eInk readers if only because of their non-glare-y screens and long lasting battery life that stretches out to 2 months instead of a mere day.

 

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2 Comments


  1. Honestly! I have the previous one which was an HD, I put it in its case and never used it!

    It feels a bit stiff and you can get the content from any Android device!

    • LOL Same thing happened with me, the Kindle Fire hasn’t been used much I probably read a book on it, and watched just one movie on it when I was in the US. I use my Paperwhite more often though.