Amazon debuts the powerful Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9

Amazon debuts the powerful Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9


It wasn't too long ago whenAmazon's biggest tech achievement was trading online. Thingsure have changed since, for the e-tailer is quickly growing into aquite ambitious project, and one that seems to work. That's mostly thanks towhat has turned into somewhat of a magic formula for success in themobile industry – you don't necessarilyhave to hold content andhardware in both hands to make it through, but it surehelps a lot. What's interestingwith Amazon's new additions to its line-up of tablets is that thethey represent a testament to the company's ambitions, despite theirlack of hardware history. Just how good are the two new Kindle FireHDX tablets, though? Let's have a look.

New, sleeker design

Keepingto tradition, Amazon is again treating us with two nearly identicalversions of the same product, though they do differ in one prettymajor regard: size. What that means is that, like with the KindleFire HD before them, the new slates also come in a 7- and 8.9-inchversions. Both, however, have seen an extensive design overhaul –the tablets are now industrial-looking and sleeker, and also a fairbit lighter at 303 and 374 grams, respectively, as well as a tad morecompact. What's more, Amazon has, like LG, decided that hardwarebuttons' are meant to be on the back of a device, so those have beenmoved.

Hardware beasts

ButAmazon isn't about to drop the ball and rest on looks alone –the internals of the new tablets are beastly. We're talking 2.2GHzquad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM and up to 11 hours of batterylife (17 hours in Reading Mode, more on that later). Still notimpressed? The pixel density on Amazon's new boys should help – the7-inch version sports a resolution of 1920x1200, or 323 ppi, while its bigger sibling has crossed into iPad territory with a2560x1600 resolution, or 339 ppi. The LCD displays on the new Kindlesare actually a point of pride for Amazon – they feature someinteresting sensor-based tech that will adjust contrast when brightenvironments threaten to overpower color fidelity. We'll be keeping an eye out for this.

Amazon's Fire OS 3.0 fork of Android is surprisingly good

Amazonhas been known for forking Android when it comes to its tablets, andthis isn't about to change. In fact, Amazon is releasing a newversion 3.0 of its Fire OS (aka Mojito), which brings a swath ofchanges both in UI design and features. We obviously haven't had achance to play with it just yet, though some of the seemingly notablechanges include a break-away from the carousel – there's now gridview for all the content on your tablet. Several mandatory apps, suchas Gmail, the calendar and document-editing apps have also beenimproved.

Asyou probably know, Amazon is quite big on reading, and if the trovesof content haven't made that obvious enough, then the all-new Reading Mode that we touched on before should. The new featurebasically shuts down all non-essential processes when you want to go for a read, which in turncranks battery lifetime to a reported 17 hours.

Anothervery interesting feature of Fire OS 3.0 is the so-called Maydayoption. Mayday represents a sort of a 24/7 remote helpline for HDXowners and is said to connect you to a live support rep in 15seconds, which sounds quite amazing. What's even more amazing is thatthe feature allows the user to see the actual person who's helpinghim troubleshoot in a small window on the tablet, whereas the Amazonemployee sees what's running on the customer's tablet. TheVerge hasalready reported that in their experience, the new service works asadvertised, and we can't deny that we're impressed and looking forward to testing it out for ourselves.

Priceand release date

Withthe holidays soon to be upon us, many of you will be in the marketfor some new goodies. Amazon's offerings usually qualify with ease as far as Christmas shopping goes, mainly because of the reallygreat price to quality ratio of their slates. Speaking of price, in the case of the HDX 7, it'll be $229/$269/$309 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB version, respectively,while those of you looking for some connectivity on the go will haveto dole out $329/$369/$409 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB 4G LTE version,respectively. Looking for some more real estate? Then the HDX 8.9 will set you back $379/$429/$479 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB version, respectively. If you've got 4G LTE on your mind, then you'll have to dip into your savings, it's $479/$529/$579 for the 16GB/32GB/64GB 4G LTE version, in that order.

Andif Christmas still appears distant to you, then we're happy to report thatAmazon is already taking preorders, though the new tabs won't start shipping until October 18, in the case of the 7-inch HDX, and November7, in the case of the 8.9 HDX.

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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
  • Display 8.9" 2560 x 1600 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB
Kindle Fire HDX 7
  • Display 7.0" 1920 x 1200 pixels
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, Quad-core, 2260 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB



1. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

No stock android, no thanks. Anyways, who needs a 2560x1600 screen for reading books?

6. darkskoliro

Posts: 1092; Member since: May 07, 2012

with 2560x1600 and s800 im sure you can find other things than read books with that thing. Its just a bonus its got better optimised reading apps. But yeah not so liking its custom android on top of it

22. jinxed

Posts: 107; Member since: Jan 10, 2013

hey do u no whether we can root and add custom roms to kindle ?

11. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013

Your .. kind of dumb.

16. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012


17. DukeX

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

There's no "*" in you're ;)

20. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

There's no ";)" in "There's no "*" in you're[.]" ... =D

21. LG_is_the_best unregistered


2. kassi

Posts: 109; Member since: May 25, 2013

229$ for a snapdragon 800 device with all those other specs is surprising

3. TrueGee85

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I am actually planning on getting the 7 inch HDX over the 2013 Nexus 7, just because of the snapdragon 800

5. JojoGo101

Posts: 211; Member since: Dec 17, 2012

Don't, the experience on the New Nexus 7 would still be better. Android 4.4 brings the newest kernel only Nexus devices will enjoy that for awhile.

7. jove39

Posts: 2148; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

I thought of same...if don't like mojito, just flash CM or other Rom of your choice...this device is gonna attract lt of devs.

4. x7black7x

Posts: 118; Member since: Feb 19, 2012

i don't know why but this doesn't fantasize me that much! although it is nice as it is so cheap and specs are high end but it just is not made for me! maybe coz i dont like the amazon stuff on it! pure android would have rocked the world for me!

8. TrueGee85

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

I love the pure android experience, heck I am typing on my Nexus 4 but I am buying this primarily for gaming and I think Arena 330 for $269 is a steal.

10. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Cool, liked the first pic with Hugh Jackman running

12. MrKoles

Posts: 368; Member since: Jan 20, 2013

Does this thing have Google Play?

13. silencer271

Posts: 254; Member since: Apr 05, 2013


14. ashdch99

Posts: 14; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Wow, that is unbelievably cheap considering those premium specs, I am already considering on buying an 8.9" myself....

15. metalspy101

Posts: 105; Member since: Dec 15, 2012

To Chris P... please stop being a biased bunch...what do you mean by this""while the its bigger sibling has crossed into iPad territory with a 2560x1600 resolution, or 339 ppi""" WHAt you Meant was Nexus 10 territory, sick biased prikks

18. DRAPicard

Posts: 27; Member since: Nov 05, 2011

I was considering the 8.9" option but I think they priced themselves a bit too high on it right away. For that price point I would have to really think about it and compare to other options available. I am a HUGE Amazon fan. I have Amazon Prime and was really liking the idea of being able to use it to stream videos and download them to the device for watching on the go. But for $479 for the 64GB WiFi version, that is quite a lot of money! If this was closer to the $350-375 range I would have bought it instantly today. But as it stands I will have to wait and see what happens and how people like it. I do like the look of the Fire Skin on the updated software though. I think that is definitely a step in the right direction :-)

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Awesome hardware, too bad it runs Amazon's OS and too bad I never had a ROM not have issues that bugged me compared to stock.

23. TrueGee85

Posts: 7; Member since: Sep 25, 2013

No Android Playstore on the Fire HDX?

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