Amazon announced the introduction of two new HD tablets into the Kindle family Wednesday (Sept. 25), the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch. The tablets were rumored in recent weeks and often referred to as the "Kindle Fire 2 2013" or "Kindle Fire HD 2013". Leaked images last week hinted that Amazon was on the verge of an announcement. These two new next-gen 2013 tablets offer improved specs in comparison to the 2012 release of the Kindle Fire HD.
Kindle Fire HD vs. 2013 Kindle Fire HDX Display Specs:
Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX boast improved display specs that are “beyond HD”, as Amazon describes. Pixel density on the 1920x1200 resolution display is increased to 323 ppi on the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, from 216 ppi found on the previous generation Kindle Fire HD.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX has a pixel density of 339 ppi with a resolution of 2560x1600, bumped up from 254 ppi on last year’s 8.9-inch model of the Kindle Fire HD. Exclusive to Amazon, the new Kindle Fire HDX displays feature perfect color accuracy and reduced glare. Viewing the display in all sorts of lighting conditions is enhanced with improved brightness.
Kindle Fire HD vs 2013 Kindle Fire HDX CPU/GPU Specs:
CPU specs are significantly upgraded on the 2013 Kindle Fire HDX tablets. Both devices are powered by a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. The upgrade offers triple the processing speed to go along with 2GB RAM, which is double of what’s found on the previous models. The 2012 Kindle Fire HD tablets both feature dual-core ARM processors clocked at 1.2 GHz for the 7-inch tablet and 1.5 GHz for its 8.9-inch sibling.
“It’s been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed,” Amazon.com founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos said Wednesday in a press release.
For gaming, the GPU Amazon opted for Adreno 330, which is said to offer 4 times the graphic performance than the previous PowerVR graphic processor. Battery life promises up 11 hours, depending on usage and up to 17 hours of reading.
“2.2 GHz processor, 339 ppi display, new 34% lighter design, Fire OS 3.0, and new exclusive features like the Mayday button, X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, and Prime Instant Video downloads. We've worked hard to pack this much hardware, innovation, and customer obsession into these prices,” Bezos said.
Kindle Fire HDX Pricing, Pre-order info & availability:
As of October 25, both the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX are available for pre-order direct from Amazon website. The Wi-Fi only 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is priced at $229 for the 16GB, $269 for 32GB and for 64GB, $309. Orders will begin shipping on October 18.
For the 4G LTE capable 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX, on the AT&T or Verizon network, prices start at $329 for the 16GB. The 32GB and 64GB models are $369 and $409, consecutively. Orders will begin shipping on November 14.
The Wi-Fi only 8.9- inch Kindle Fire HDX is $379 for the 16GB, 16GB, $429 for 32GB and for 64GB, $479. Orders ship November 7. The AT&T or Verizon 4G LTE compatible tablets start at $479 for the 16GB version. The 32GB is priced at $529 and $579 for the 64GB. Orders will begin shipping on December 10.