Amazon unveiled a trio of new tablets; Let’s start with the low-end model and go from there.
First there’s the updated version of Kindle Fire HD that got a new 1.5GHz dual-core chip from Texas Instruments, which Amazon says will deliver up to 60% performance boost compared to the old model. The screen remains the same, supporting resolution of 1280×800 pixels.
Then there’s a pair of Kindle Fire HDX tablets, one boasting a 7-inch 1920×1200 and the other – 8.9-inch 2560×1600 display. In addition, both units rock Qualcomm’s super-fast Snapdragon 800 chip clocked at 2.2GHz and 2GB of RAM, making sure even the high-demanding games work smoothly. Video calls are supported with the built-in 1-megapixel front-facing camera, while the 8.9-inch HDX also has an 8-megapixel shooter with LED flash on the back. Plus, let’s not forget dual stereo speakers with Dolby certification, and optional 4G LTE connectivity that supports AT&T’s and Verizon Wireless’ networks.
Aside from the tablets, Amazon also announced new Origami cover-stands that work in both landscape and portrait modes, and a whole new Fire OS 3.0, which we’ll discuss in a separate post.
The updated Kindle Fire HD will ship on October 2nd, with 8GB unit selling for $139.99, and 16GB on for $30 more.
The Wi-Fi version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX will be available in 16, 32 and 64 GB flavors, selling for $229, $269 and $309, respectively. It will ship on October 18th. Comparable LTE variants will ship on November 14th, selling for $329, $369 and $409, respectively.
Finally, the Wi-Fi Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch will be $379, $429, and $479 for the 16, 32, and 64 GB WiFi models, or $479, $529 and $579 for their LTE counterparts. Wi-Fi units will start shipping on November 7th, while LTE models will ship on December 10th.
Additionally, you may opt to pay $15 to remove the Special Offers advertising from all the different Kindle Fire models. Pre-orders are now open.