Amazon announces the Kindle Fire HD

Amazon announces the Kindle Fire HD
Amazon seems to be pulling out all the stops today, as they just followed up their announcement of the Kindle Fire 2 with a new premium device, the Kindle Fire HD. Saying they wanted to create “the best tablet at any price” Amazon showed off Kindle Fire HD models with 7" and 8.9” HD displays with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. For those of you who are into pixel density, that translates to 254 ppi. The screen utilizes In-Plane Switching and an “Advanced True Wide Polarizing Filter” that Amazon claims will give you true color reproduction from all angles.

Backing up that screen will be a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor, which Amazon says compares favorably to Tegra 3 powered devices (a reference to the Nexus 7 we imagine). Sound hasn't been neglected either, as they are employing Dolby Digital Plus, which is currently an exclusive to the Fire HD.

Of course with great HD content comes great HD responsibility - Jeff Bezos (Amazon's CEO) is emphasizing the importance of storage and Wi-Fi performance to digital content. Poking fun at the entry-level cloud-based Nexus 7, Bezos claims that an 8GB tablet made for HD content is "dead on arrival". The Kindle Fire starts at 16 GB, although that won't hold a ton of HD movies either we suspect. Perhaps more important to the end user are the connectivity features packed in; The Kindle Fire HD comes with dual Wi-Fi antennas and MEMO, a computational system to improve Wi-Fi signals in cities or other areas that see lots of reflections. MEMO actually calculates out the reflections from the main signal and then adds them back in to replace gaps in the data stream. Amazon says the Fire HD is the first tablet to incorporate MEMO processing. And if that's too slow you can grab the 4G LTE model.

The 7" Kindle Fire HD starts at $199 and ships September 14th, while the 8.9" model starts at $299 and ships November 20th (including the LTE model). Of course Amazon is happy to let you pre-order them all today. There 32GB 8.9" version that comes equipped with 4G LTE is priced at a very competitive $499, but perhaps the best part is that there will be no data plan needed for the LTE model - Amazon will sell you 250 MB a month of data, 200GB of cloud storage, and a $10 Amazon credit for $49.99 a year.


source: Amazon via The Verge

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28 Comments

1. CanYouSeeTheLight

Posts: 1122; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

A TI OMAP 4470 dual core 45nm compares to the 45nm quad core? Amazon nobody will fall for that one.

4. smallworld

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 13, 2012

It has a powerful GPU. The same as the ipad 3.

22. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 966; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

I'd rather have a Nexus 7 than a Fire any day. Tegra 3 all day erryday.

8. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

It has a new GPU, about 50% more powerful than the one found in the 4460. http://www.slashgear.com/ti-previews-omap-4470-graphics-50-improvement-over-4460-10208481/ "On the TI 4460 (the same processor in the Galaxy Nexus and various other high-end smartphones and tablets) got about 24 frames per second, while the new 4470 got a solid 42."

27. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

Is that test at the same resolution? TI4460 720p vs TI4470 720p or T4460 720p vs TI 44470 1080p? It does make a difference.

28. Berzerk000

Posts: 4275; Member since: Jun 26, 2011

I'm sure it was at the same resolution, or someone would have reported it

2. AppleConspiracy

Posts: 637; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

HD screen of this density is unparalelled right now in Android world. It's an iPad killer!

3. belovedson

Posts: 1060; Member since: Nov 30, 2010

jeff bezo your a total doosh bag but great product

5. sorcio46

Posts: 435; Member since: Jul 27, 2011

LOL They only compared FPOS... when in ALL other benchmark will be back Tegra 3 ! Fire HD seems pretty good, I would like to have the same but with JB 4.1 stock inside !

6. Joshing4fun

Posts: 1245; Member since: Aug 13, 2010

Full HD but not one Windows rt tablet could have that? Ugh...

16. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

No kidding. Android tabs and windows RT tabs are still in the 720pish ranges, even most of the top models that are priced the same as the Ipad, what the heck! It does make it more clear why Apple has a commanding lead in the Tablet market while in the phone market they have a lead over individual models but are about half of the marketshare that android enjoys. Android makers just dont try as hard in the tablet segment, they're fine with Apple more or less having the best tablet and dont try to outdo them like they do on phones. I hate to say it since I want to avoid Apple at all costs, but if I was to spend $500-600 on a tablet, it would be on an Ipad, not Android tablet, mainly due to the resolution of the screen and the app disparity between android phones and tablets is still big, but yea, its there.

7. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

When the Kindle gets rooted and rom'd I will be there!

9. phitch

Posts: 214; Member since: Mar 06, 2012

My favorite part is the 250 MB of LTE! Wooboo... that'll last you if you are streaming a lot digital content.

12. uudayy

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2009

so true. Why bother with such a low threshold for a tablet? for that occasional usage, you always have your phone.

19. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

but for only 49.99 a year, that's a great deal and you don't always have to be on LTE you can use Wi-Fi

20. g2a5b0e unregistered

It's a decent deal for sure, but the extra $200 doesn't seem worth it unless you just have the cash to burn.

21. BREvenson

Posts: 240; Member since: May 17, 2012

True, but there are two solid factors in this idea. First, there is no contract...at least, I think. Correct me if I'm wrong; the article did not mention it. You pay $50, and that's it for the year. No tricks, no added fees/surcharges, just data...and cloud storage and free credit at Amazon.com. Again, correct me if I'm wrong, since not all the info is known yet. Second, the plan does seem pricey, but for those that don't go nuts with the 4G data, it is a pretty nice deal, especially since there's no pressure of a monthly bill or strict contract provisions. In other words, they're basically saying "relax, have some fun.", which is something I believe that today's wireless consumers ought to be doing. It's not easy to relax, though, so at least Amazon is trying something interesting.

25. Zayuh24

Posts: 149; Member since: Nov 21, 2011

I assume the contract isn't a monthly thing, but a $50 YEARLY thing, much like Amazon Prime being a $70 yearly thing. And if the 4G LTE doesn't sell as nicely as they like, they may up the limit from 250MB to 500, or add that as a separate deal.

10. uudayy

Posts: 8; Member since: Aug 25, 2009

The 7inch cannot have the 1920x1200 resolution. The DPI is only true for the 8.9 inches. I am guessing the 7 inch is 1280x800 in my honest opinion.

17. g2a5b0e unregistered

You have to be right on that. It isn't impossibIe, but I seriously doubt the 7" has that kind of resolution. "Amazon showed off Kindle Fire HD models with 7" and 8.9” HD displays with a 1920 x 1200 resolution. For those of you who are into pixel density, that translates to 254 ppi." I sometimes wonder if people bother to proofread articles posted on the internet anymore. According to the above passage, the 7" & 8.9" versions have the same resolution & the same ppi.

11. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Well played Amazon. I dunno about paying an extra $100 for a 2 inch bump up in the screen, unless there's something Im not noticing difference spec wise between the 2 versions.

13. Captain_Doug

Posts: 1037; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

This'd be great with CM10.

14. sarb009

Posts: 322; Member since: Jun 15, 2011

500$ for kindle fire ? huh, are u mad amazon ?

15. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

Well that's for 32GB vs 16GB on an Ipad, and Wifi and LTE vs just Wifi. I think its a good move on Amazon's part, to lure in fans of the original Fire that want the top model that is competitive with the top tablets out there, rather than a good but not best $200 model that is sufficient but not as good as the top tablets in anything.

18. SmartPhoneStream

Posts: 162; Member since: Jun 21, 2012

Make the LTE one 400 and i'd consider getting it

23. Chasers

Posts: 21; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

Nice product. I do think they will have a hard time selling a $500 LTE tablet though. especially with only 250mb of data per month. lets do the math... thats 3gigs per month of data for $50 per month. You do get a $10 credit so say 3 gigs for $40 thats still to expensive and not enough data. I hope they have bigger data plans to offer that cost less than $10/gigabyte.

24. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

You get the cloud storage too.

26. webOSlove unregistered

Looks like my original Kindle Fire is getting replaced (:

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