Amazon Introduced 7 And 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD And Revamped Kindle Fire


07.09.2012

Amazon Introduced 7 And 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD And Revamped Kindle Fire

Late September last year, Amazon introduced Kindle Fire, which rapidly became the most popular product on the company’s website and the best-selling Android tablet, even though it was exclusively available in The States. During yesterday’s press conference, the online retailer giant has launched the new flagship of the Kindle line-up, namely Kindle Fire HD, available with 7 and 8.9-inch displays, and upgraded the old Kindle Fire, also cutting of its price.

Even though both the new models have the same name, the two Kindle Fire HD versions come with different technical specifications.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is based on a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 chipset clocked at 1.2 GHz, a solution that includes two ARM Cortex A9 cores and PowerVR SGX540 GPU, while the bigger model, Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is underpinned by the a-lot-more-powerful OMAP 4470, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz, seconded by a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

There are big differences in terms of display resolution, as well: both Kindle Fire HD 7 and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 come with IPS touch panes, but while the 7-inch model has a resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, the 8.9-inch version makes an appetizing jump to 1,920 x 1,200, providing an excellent pixel density of 254 ppi, joining the league of Apple iPad 3rd generation and overscoring high-end models like Acer Iconia Tab A700 or ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity.

Unlike the Kindle Fire model, the new Kindle Fire HD slates sport a user-facing front camera. Amazon haven’t specified the characteristics of the sensor. The technical specifications list also include 1 GB of RAM, HDMI out, the optional LTE radio modem for the 8.9-inch version and a WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n adapter with MIMO support, which allow you to go past the 65 Mbps download speed that was used by all the WiFi cards implemented in the mobile terminals.

Running a modified version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the new Kindle Fire HD models provide what Google haven’t managed to introduce, not even in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean: user profiles. When shared by the whole family, the Amazon tablets allows the user to create password-protected accounts, then set access restrictions or protect the system settings. Besides this new feature, Amazon also introduced the X-Ray option, which comes with IMDB integration within the video player, software routines for  Text-to-speech, very useful for ebooks, Dolby Digital Plus processing and a new version of the web browsing with cloud Silk processing.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be available with 16 or 32 GB of storage, while the model with a 8.9-inch display will also have a 64 GB version.

The good news is that, unlike the first Amazon tablet, the new slates will be available in Europe, too. For the time being the tablet’s availability was confirmed for Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain.

The price for the Kindle Fire HD 7-inch 16 and 32 GB will be $199 and $249, respectively, making it a direct rival of Google Nexus 7, while the 8.9-inch models will have a price of $299 for the 16 GB model, and $369 for the 32 GB model.

The versions with 3G/4G modems, available only with 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, will be priced $499 and $599, respectively. Kindle Fire HD 7-inch release date is September 15th, while the bigger model will be available as of November 20th.

At the same press event, Amazon also announced an upgrade for the first Kindle Fire. The tablet now comes with 1 GB of RAM and a better CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz, the price dropping to $159.


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