So Amazon have launched their new range of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX and HD tablets for 2014 and 2015, with some of the tablets being upgraded while other tablets are new to the range. The new ones are taking pre-orders before they are relased in October. The entry price begins at a record low $99 this year.
(UPDATE: In the most recent survey, Amazon’s Fire tablets ranked the highest in customer satisfaction.)
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was the worlds fastest Android tablet when it was launched last year, and with the new 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 8084 processor it’s once again the fastest Android tablet in the world. A quick look at other specs makes for good reading too, like the Adreno 420 GPU, the 2560 x 1600 resolution on the 8.9-inch display, 2 GB of RAM, a low weight of 375 gram, a very long 12 hour battery life, 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, a 8MP rear camera coupled with a HD front camera, and there’s optional 4G LTE connectivity, so what’s not to like?
Nothing really, Amazon even launched a Fire HDX 8.9 keyboard for it this time around.
The price for the new Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 2014-2015 edition begins at $379 for the 16GB Wi-Fi version. The US release date is October 21, 2014:
Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 maintains it success recipe, and keeps the same Full HD resolution 1920 x 1200 resolution display and 7-inch screen, along with the 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 graphics processor, and 2GB of RAM, but it have been given a price cut from $229 to $199.
Based on the powerful hardware specs, that makes it the cheapest of the Full HD 7-inch tablets at the moment. Did I mention the 11 hour battery life? This tablet is available now already, unlike the other new Kindle’s:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7
The Kindle Fire HD 7 is a new tablet that replace the 2013 Kindle Fire HD, and this makes it cheaper than the HDX 7, with a price of $139. It still has a HD display where the 7-inch screen have a resolution of 1280 x 800. It’s powered by a quad-core processor at 2x 1.5GHz + 2x 1.2GHz, and it has 1GB of RAM. Storage options are 8GB and 16GB, while it has a 8 hour battery life, a 0.3MP front camera, a 2MP rear camera, and 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi. Color options are black, white, cobalt, magenta, and citron.
The new Kindle Fire HD 7 is released on October 2, 2014 in the US:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6
The Kindle Fire HD 6 is new to the Kindle Fire tablet family lineup, and while tablets of this size are normally referred to as phablets and often are smartphones instead, we’ll refer to the Kindle Fire HD 6 as a tablet anyway. With a price of only $99, that itself makes it worth a look.
And the specs are actually very similar to that of the Kindle Fire HD 7. It has a 6-inch screen but the resolution is the same 1280 x 800. It’s also powered by the same quad-core 2x 1.5GHz + 2x 1.2GHz processor, and has 1GB of RAM. The front camera have 0.3MP resolution while the rear camera have a 2MP resolution.
It weighs 290 gram and have the same color options as the Kindle Fire HD 7. The release date for the Kindle Fire HD 6 is October 2, with the price beginning at $99 for the 8GB version and the goes up to $119 for the 16GB version:
Amazon Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition Tablet
The Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition marks Amazon’s first move into the children’s tablet segment, and the tablet comes in two dimensions; 6-inch and 7-inch.
Even though both models still have quad-core processors, a 1280 x 800 resolution display, dual cameras, and Dolbly Digital audio technology, the specs for the children’s tablet may not be as important as the features and the 2 year warranty.
Amazon proudly states that: “If they break it, we’ll replace it for free. No questions asked.”
This is partly due to the Kid-Proof Case but also due to the build quality of the Kindle Fire tablets, which have always been good.
Like all good children’s tablets, it also has parental controls that can restrict a child’s access to and time use of the tablet. As for content, the Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition comes with a free one-year access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited where children get unlimited access to games, movies, TV-shows, 5000 books, and educational apps.
Color options are green, blue, and pink, while the US release date is October 21 for this tablet too.
The price is $149 for the 6-inch model, and $189 for the 7-inch model:
Now, in addition to these new and upgraded Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon also launched their new operating system skin that is used to enhance the underlying Android OS. The newest version now launched is called Fire OS 4 “Sangria”.
– Tom Bowen