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Amazon Kindle Fire HD (2013)

Announced
Sep 25, 2013
Market status
Released
Release date
Oct 2, 2013

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • Lots of RAM (1024 MB RAM)

Cons

  • No rear camera
  • Low pixel density screen (216 ppi)
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • No front-facing camera
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

So what changed about the Kindle Fire HD? Well, for starters the body has been overhauled completely – it's got a new industrial-looking design which has made it both thinner and lighter than before, not to mention that bezels have gone through a much needed trimming. The new slate also comes with a refreshed Fire OS 3.0, aka Mojito installed – Amazon's fork on Android – which comes preloaded with even more productivity apps and features. In case you're wondering, all Amazon tablets have their own separate Amazon app store, though apps written for Android work just fine. But, wait! That's not all – hardware has also gotten a slight bump. Namely, the 1GHz dual-core OMAP chipset by Texas Instruments has been replaced with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core one, though the exact make hasn't been revealed. The rest of the specs are pretty much identical to last year's – a 7-inch display running a resolution of 1280x800, the same dual stereo speakers and 1GB of RAM. These are hardly a match for the still minty-fresh 2013 Nexus 7, though considering that the 2013 Kindle Fire HD costs almost a $100 less, it does feel like Amazon will continue to reign supreme in the budget category.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.2.2) Fire OS 3.0 UI
  • Dimensions:
    • 7.52 x 5.04 x 0.42 inches (191 x 128 x 10.6 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 12.17 oz (345 g)
      the average is 16.4 oz (467 g)

DisplayPopup

  • Physical size:
    • 7.0 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1280 x 800 pixels
  • Pixel density:

    Pixel density - The pixel density of a display represents the number of pixels over an area of one inch. It’s measured in “pixels per inch”, or ppi. The higher the number, the more detailed and good-looking the display is.

    • 216 ppi
  • Technology:

    Technology - There are two main screen technologies currently used in phones and tablets: LCD and AMOLED. The former usually features a light source and liquid crystals, while the latter is based on organic light-emitting diodes. Newer LCD variations like IPS-LCD and Super-LCD allow for very accurate color reproduction and very wide viewing angles, where no significant image quality loss is observed. Current AMOLED screens differ in such a way that they can exhibit much more saturated colors (sometimes too much) and incredibly high contrast levels, which is due to black color being completely black in AMOLED displays.

    • IPS LCD
  • Touchscreen:
      • Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Hardwarebenchmark

  • Processor:

    Processor - The processor is the main computing component of a phone and is a major factor when it comes to the overall speed of the device. Some more powerful smartphones use dual-core and quad-core processors designed to deliver greater performance.

    • Dual core, 1500 MHz
  • Graphics processor:
      • Yes
  • System memory:

    System memory - System memory, or RAM memory is the type of memory that the device uses to temporarily store data from the OS or currently-running apps. The more RAM available to the device, the better the performance will be when multiple or heavier programs are running.

    • 1024 MB RAM
  • Built-in storage:
    • 8 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 5.1 GB

Battery

  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

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  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Album art cover, Background playback, Dolby Mobile
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers

Technology

  • Positioning:

    Positioning - This field shows the positioning systems supported by the device. There are three main types: GPS, A-GPS and GLONASS. GPS - This is one of the most widespread global positioning technologies, developed and maintained by the U.S. government. It uses satellites in order to detect your location. Works best in clear weather. A-GPS - A-GPS stands for Assisted GPS and is the industry standard for positioning and navigation. “Assisted” means that it can use local wireless networks, in addition to satellites, for quicker and more precise localization. GLONASS - GLONASS is a global positioning system, developed by the Russian Federation. It’s very similar to GPS, but isn’t so popular in cell phones.

    • Wi-Fi positioning

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 25 Sep 2013

Shopping information

  • Warranty period:
    • 12 Months
  • Accessories:
    • USB 2.0 cable, 5W power adapter, and Quick Start Guide
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 139

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Alternative variants

We list only the specs that are different than the main variant

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 16GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 16 GB
  • Maximum User Storage:
    • 12.2 GB
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 169

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