It’s Amazon’s turn to wow us with some new devices. Well, after the e-commerce giant revealed the refreshed Kindle Fire, it took aim at the both the Nexus 7 and iPad by unveiling its new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. The Fire HD will include a 1920×1200, 254ppi display, a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25 percent less glare. It’s powered by an OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments, which Amazon says outperforms the Tegra 3. Interestingly, the Kindle Fire HD also includes stereo speakers, which is an upgrade over the Kindle Fire’s quite sounding mono driver.
Other noteworthy features include improved Wi-Fi networking with the addition of a dual-band 2.4GHz/5GHz receiver. Amazon proclaimed an 8GB model as “dead on arrival,” saying the Kindle Fire HD will offer 16GB of local hard drive space. The company did some other creative things such as improving its Whispersync technology, as this lets users save their progress in games and audiobooks. The 8.9-inch Fire will bring its own new Facebook app and Skype client as well.
You can get your hands on the Kindle Fire HD for just $299, and if you order today, the tablet will ship out to you on November 20.
So what do think, did Amazon become a legit competitor to both the iPad and Nexus 7?