x PhoneArena is looking for new authors! To view all available positions, click here.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 vs Microsoft Surface RT

phone

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Remove phone

Posted: 25 Sep 2013
Market Status: Released
phone

Microsoft Surface RT Remove phone

Posted: 18 Jun 2012
Market Status: Released

Add phone to compare

Design
Device typeTabletTablet 
OSAndroid (4.2.2) Fire OS 3.0 UIWindows (RT) 
Dimensions9.09 x 6.22 x 0.31 inches (231 x 158 x 7.8 mm)10.81 x 6.77 x 0.37 inches (275 x 172 x 9 mm) 
Weight13.55 oz (384 g)
the average is 14.1 oz (404 g)
24.00 oz (680 g)
the average is 14.1 oz (404 g)
 
Display
Physical size8.9 inches10.6 inches 
Resolution2560 x 1600 pixels1366 x 768 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.

339 ppi148 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.

LCD  
Screen-to-body ratio62.96 %65.59 % 
Colors16 777 216  
TouchscreenMulti-touchMulti-touch 
FeaturesLight sensorLight sensor, Scratch-resistant glass 
Camera
Camera8 megapixels1 megapixel 
FlashLED  
Aperture size

Aperture size - The aperture of a camera is the opening through which light travels before it reaches the camera sensor. The smaller the number is, the bigger this opening is, allowing for more light to pass.

F2.2  
FeaturesDigital image stabilization  
CamcorderYes1920x1080 (1080p HD) 
Features Video calling 
Front-facing cameraYesYes 
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.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8074NVIDIA Tegra 3 T30 
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.

Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400Quad core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 
Graphics processorAdreno 330ULP GeForce @ 520MHz 
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.

2048 MB RAM2048 MB RAM 
Built-in storage16 GB32 GB 
Maximum User Storage8.8 GB  
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC 
Battery
Not user replaceableYesYes 
specifications continue after the ad
Multimedia
Music player   
Filter byAlbum, Artist, PlaylistsAlbum, Artist, Playlists 
FeaturesAlbum art cover, Background playbackAlbum art cover, Background playback 
SpeakersEarpiece, LoudspeakerStereo speakers 
YouTube playerYes  
Internet browsing
Browser Internet Explorer 10 
Built-in online services supportYouTube (upload), Picasa/Google+  
Technology
DataLTE, HSPA (unspecified), UMTS, EDGE, GPRS  
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.

GPS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi positioning  
NavigationYes  
Connectivity
BluetoothYes4.0 
Wi-Fi802.11 a, b, g, n802.11 a, b, g, n 
Mobile hotspotYes  
USBUSB 2.0USB 2.0 
ConnectormicroUSBFull-size USB 
FeaturesMass storage device, USB charging  
HDMI Micro HDMI (Type D) 
OtherTethering, Computer sync, OTA syncTV-Out, OTA sync 
Other features
NotificationsFlight mode, Silent modeFlight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone 
Additional microphone(s)Yes  
SensorsAccelerometer, GyroscopeAccelerometer, Gyroscope, Compass 
OtherVoice commands, Voice recordingVoice recording 
Availability
Officially announced25 Sep 201318 Jun 2012 
Shopping information
Warranty period 12 Months 
MSRP price $ 500 

To see the full specifications with in-depth details click here.

Latest stories