Amazon pioneered the cheap tablet market when it launched the original Kindle Fire and now it’s back with the third generation Kindle Fire HDX range. There are two tablets in the Kindle Fire HDX range, the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch tablet and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch version.
Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch
Nexus 7 (2013)
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch
Nexus 10 (2012)
|Processor:||Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2Ghz, backed by an Adreno 330 GPU||Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5Ghz, backed by an Adreno 320 GPU||Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2Ghz, backed by an Adreno 330 GPU||Exynos 5 Dual clocked at 1.7Ghz, backed by a Mali-T604|
|Display:||7-inch, 1920×1200 LCD display, 323 PPI||7-inch, 1920×1200 LCD display, 323 PPI||8.9-inch, 2560×1600 LCD display, 339 PPI||10.1-inch, 2560×1600 LCD display, 299 PPI|
|OS:||Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean||Majito Fire OS 3.0 (based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean)||Android 4.3 Jelly Bean|
|Storage:||16GB, 32GB, 64GB configurations||16 and 32 GB options||16GB, 32GB, 64GB configurations||16 and 32 GB options|
|Camera:||Front facing 720P HD camera||1.2MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera||Front facing 720P HD camera, 8MP rear facing camera with LED flash||1.9MP front-facing camera, 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash|
|Dimensions:||186mm x 128mm x 9mm, 303 grams||200 x 114 x 8.7mm, 290 grams||231mm x 158mm x 7.8mm, 374 grams||263.9 x 177.6 x 8.9mm, 603 grams|
|Battery:||Unspecified battery capacity, rated for 11 hours mixed use, 17 hours e-book reading||Non-removable 3950 mAh battery. Rated for 9 hours video playback, 10 hours web browsing||Unspecified battery capacity, rated for up to 12 hours mixed use, 18 hours e-book reading||Non-removable 9000 mAh battery|
|LTE option:||Yes (AT&T and Verizon)||Yes (AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint)||Yes (AT&T and Verizon)||No – WiFi only|
|Price:||Starting at $229||Starting at $229||Starting at $379||Starting at $399|
Both versions come with the latest Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2Ghz backed by 2GB of RAM. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX has a 2560×1600 display with a pixel density of 339 PPI and the 7-inch version comes with a 1920×1200 display with a pixel density of 323 pixels per inch. Amazon promises that both tablets can reach a maximum brightness of 400 nits.
The new Kindle Fire tablets retain the all-black design of their predecessors, but add a little more design flair with angular edges and a glossy plastic bar on the back which houses the rear-facing camera and speakers on the 8.9-inch model and only the speakers on the 7-inch variant.
The speakers are dual stereo speakers which use Dolby Audio to blast out audio. The tablets are running the latest version of Kindle Fire OS, Kindle Fire OS 3.0 Mojito, which is based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and offers new features like X-Ray for music, improved Amazon Prime videos and another feature called Mayday.
Amazon claims that the service will be available 24/7, 365 days a year, meaning this is tech support on a whole new level.
Mayday is probably the new Kindle Fire’s biggest selling point (other than the awesome specs at a cheap price, of course), and it’s a feature which allows users to gain immediate and free tech support. Amazon claims that once you tap the Mayday button, you’ll have a live tech support assistant appear on your screen within 15 seconds. The assistant can then draw on your screen, take you through a process step by step or take complete control of the tablet to help you through any issues that might arise through using your tablet. Amazon claims that the service will be available 24/7, 365 days a year, meaning this is tech support on a whole new level.
Amazon Prime videos has also been improved allowing users to download Amazon Prime videos offline in order to be viewed without an Internet connection. The new Second Screen app allows you to stream video content from the cloud on Samsung Smart TVs, the Playstation 3 and soon the Playstation 4.
Both variants of the Kindle Fire HDX are available for pre-order on Amazon’s site, with the 7-inch version priced at $229 and shipping on October 18, while the 8.9-inch variant is priced at $329 and will start shipping November 7th.
Are you impressed by the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets?