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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Announced
Sep 6, 2012
Market status
Released
Release date
Nov 20, 2012

Pros

  • Dual core processor
  • HDMI connector for TV-out ()

Cons

  • No rear camera
  • Lacks microSD slot for storage expansion
  • Battery is not user replaceable
  • Lacks global positioning system (GPS)

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Description

The new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is Amazon's first large-screen tablet with an unmatched resolution for its price - 1920 x 1200 pixels at $299. It runs on the TI OMAP 4470 chip.

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Design

  • Device type:
    • Tablet
  • OS:
    • PopupAndroid (4.0)
  • Form factor:
    • Candybar
  • Dimensions:
    • 9.4 x 6.4 x 0.35 inches (240 x 164 x 8.8 mm)
  • Weight:
    • 20 oz (567 g)
      the average is 15.1 oz (431 g)
  • Colors:
    • Black

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  • Physical size:
    • 8.9 inches
  • Resolution:
    • 1920 x 1200 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.

    • 254 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:
      • Capacitive, Multi-touch
  • Features:
    • Light sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Camera

  • Camcorder:
    • Features:
      • Video calling
  • Front-facing camera:
      • 1.3 megapixels

Hardware

  • System chip:

    System chip - Most modern handsets use an advanced chip that includes many of the device’s hardware modules like the processor, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and sometimes even the wireless radio. This field shows what particular system chip (or System-on-a-Chip) is used in the phone.

    • TI OMAP4470
  • 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, ARM Cortex-A9
  • Graphics processor:
      • PowerVR SGX544 @ 384 MHz
  • 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 (Dual-channel, 466 MHz) / DDR2
  • Built-in storage:
    • 32 GB

Battery

  • Not user replaceable:
    • Yes

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  • Music player:
    • Features:
      • Dolby Digital Plus
    • Supported formats:
      • MP3, AAC, WAV, MP4, OGG, MIDI
  • Speakers:
    • Stereo speakers

Internet browsing

  • Browser:
    • Popup
    • supports:
      • HTML, HTML5

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
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Phone features

  • Organizer:
    • PopupCalendar, Document viewer (Office, PDF, Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI and PRC )
  • E-mail:
    • Popup
      • Yes

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth:
      • Yes
    • Profiles:
      • Advanced Audio Distribution (A2DP)
  • Wi-Fi:
      • 802.11 b, g, n, n 5GHz
      • Dual antennas, MIMO
  • USB:
      • USB 2.0
    • Connector:
      • microUSB
  • Headphones connector:
    • 3.5mm
  • HDMI:
      • Yes
  • Charging connector:
    • microUSB
  • Other:
    • Computer sync, OTA sync

Other features

  • Sensors:
      • Accelerometer, Gyroscope

Availability

  • Officially announced:
    • 06 Sep 2012

Shopping information

  • Warranty period:
    • 12 Months
  • Accessories:
    • USB 2.0 cable, Quick Start Guide
  • MSRP price:
    • $ 299
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Alternative variants

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

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 64GB


Differences:
  • Built-in storage:
    • 64 GB

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