Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 and refreshed Fire HDX 8.9 go official
Amazon has unleashed a trio of tablets into it’s Kindle series. The content retailer also unveiled the latest generation of it’s Fire platform which goes by the name Amazon Fire OS 4 ‘Sangria’. From smallest to biggest, we have the Kindle Fire HD 6, the Kindle Fire HD 7 and a 2014 edition Fire HDX 8.9 tablet; let’s get to it.
Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7
As their names depict, the two tablets sport a 6-inch screen and 7-inch screen respectively. Both are also having an 800 pixels by 1280 pixels resolution giving the Kindle Fire HD 6 a 252 PPI and the Kindle Fire HD 7, a pixel density of 216.
Both Kindle tablets are powered by a quad-core CPU (1.2GHz cores and two 1.5GHz cores), 2GB of RAM and availability is in either 8GB or 16GB of storage. There’s Wi-Fi, as well as a SlimPort enabled microUSB 2.0 port.
For $134, users can purchase the 16GB Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6, complete without sponsored content. The 7″ Kindle Fire HD goes for $139 for an 8GB model with ads, while users will have to etch out $174 the 16GB version without ads. The tablets are available in black, white, magenta, citron, and cobalt.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9
The new Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 features an 8.9-inch display unit with 2560 x 1600 pixels of resolution. The tablet comes with an external keyboard, in case you are interesting in writing your own Amazon e-books.
Powering the slate is a state-of-the-art Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset which holds a quad-core 2.5GHz CPU and Adreno 420 graphics processor. The tab also features 2GB of RAM and flies in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavors.
Unlike the other lower-end Kindle tabs, the refreshed Fire HDX 8.9 features a 4G-enabled SIM card slot as well as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The tablet uses an 8MP rear camera as well as an unidentified front-facing selfie unit at the front.
The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 is priced according to storage. The 16GB model goes for $379 with adware and pricing for the 32GB is not yet available, the 64GB model with LTE goes for $594 without ads.
Amazon is not giving the external Fire keyboard away. For you to get one of these, you’ll have to pay $59.99 while an Origami Case will set you back $54.99.
Fire 4 OS
The new Android-based OS promises a refreshed user interface and an entirely new user experience. The platform powers the new Kindle Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7 and Fire HDX 8.9 tablets.
“Fire OS is not just a device OS – it deeply integrates with the Amazon cloud to further improve performance and ease-of-use, to enable cross-platform syncing, and to power services that require more processing than is possible on a mobile device,” read the press release.
The new OS brings about improved battery life, a faster processing and a whole bunch of new features. One of these features include what Amazon calls ASAP(Advanced Streaming And Prediction). which will intelligently stack up your favorite TV episodes and let’s you watch them when you want.
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