Amazon intros new tablets: Fire HDX 8.9 with Snapdragon 805 CPU, Fire HD 6, and more

Not long after releasing the Fire Phone (which, as it turns out, is a failure), Amazon today announced a bunch of new tablets, including its “most powerful ever”, and its cheapest ever.

Let’s start with the powerful one: it’s an all new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet that looks similar to last year’s model, but brings several internal improvements. The new Fire HDX 8.9 is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor (with an Adreno 420 GPU), apparently being the world’s first slate to feature this chipset. Another novelty is the use of Dolby Atmos audio, this allowing the slate to deliver clear and crisp sound while being “twice as loud as an iPad Air.” The tablet sports the same 8.9-inch display with 2560 x 1600 pixels that’s found on the older model. Amazon is offering the new Fire HDX 8.9 for prices starting at $379 (16 GB version). Pre-orders are already available, but shipments won’t begin before October 21.

Now let’s talk about Amazon’s cheapest slate yet. It’s called Fire HD 6, and offers a 6-inch display with 800 x 1280 pixels, a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor (unknown maker), 2 MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, and 8 GB / 16 GB of internal memory. The Fire HD 6 costs $99 (8 GB variant), and will be released on October 2. There’s also a new Fire HD 7, which has the same internals, but sports a larger, 7-inch display with the same 800 x 1280 pixel resolution. The HD 7 will also be released on October 2, starting at $139.

The new 6-inch and 7-inch Fire HDs have Kids Editions, which can be pre-ordered for as low as $149. These come with kid-proof cases, 2-year worry-free guarantee, “best-in-class parental controls”, and access to Amazon FreeTime Unlimited for 1 year. Both will be out on October 21.

All the new Amazon tablets run Fire OS 4 Sangria - the latest version of Amazon's Android-based platform, which was unveiled today. Fire OS 4 Sangria brings various performance enhancements, plus lots of Amazon-exclusive features - including Firefly (which was first introduced on the Fire Phone).


source: Amazon (1), (2), (3), (4)

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17 Comments

1. Genersis

Posts: 219; Member since: May 29, 2013

Okay, I really can't make a comment on these screen sizes without it sounding dirty. Darn dirty mind...

2. GTR722

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 20, 2012

Lets hope for a custom 4.4 kk for that HD6

15. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

3. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Meanwhile, the vast majority of Android tablet users still can't view Amazon video content.

7. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Didn't they add instant video to the play store? I thought most android devices could install that.

11. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Only Android smartphones so far, not tablets.

12. hurrycanger

Posts: 1775; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

ahhh.. That's sad. Those Amazon guys... :3

4. fzacek

Posts: 2486; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Those are some killer specs! I just wish it used the Google Play Store instead of Amazon's empty one...

5. GreekGeek

Posts: 1276; Member since: Mar 22, 2014

Crap Ecosystem! what a waste

6. shamatuu

Posts: 159; Member since: Nov 02, 2011

Why buy these amazon devices when they have one every year?.

9. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

I'm not understanding your point. They release new handset versions of older models every year as well as other OEM's releasing new tablet versions of previous models every year. You buy it to get upgraded specs and features if you so wish it.

14. g2a5b0e unregistered

That comment might dumbest one I've seen in quite some time. Why upgrade to anything ever?

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

Totally agree!

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

If only these tablets are usable in virtually every country

10. meanestgenius

Posts: 22520; Member since: May 28, 2014

I would definitely pick up the new 8.9 inch Amazon tablet as I have the previous model and am a fan of Amazon's ecosystem. I am interested to see the 6 inch version.

13. RebelwithoutaClue unregistered

I just clicked for the girl in the picture :)

17. gigaraga

Posts: 1454; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Amazon puts quite alot of 'features' in their products (some gimmicks though)...makes me want to get one, especially the audio of the tablet, display etc. If it had Google Play Store, I would defs get one.

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