Nearly one year after the first Kindle Fire, the number one selling item on Amazon, was revealed to the world, the good folks at Amazon have just taken the wraps off of their latest tablets: the Kindle Fire HD family.
Amazon is fully committed to Kindle Fire as a service. They’ve always been keen on emphasizing how much more important content is than the vessel delivering it to you, but with Kindle Fire HD, Amazon wants you to know they take hardware very seriously.
The Kindle Fire HD tablets all come powered by a TI OMAP 4470, and feature Dolby digital plus dual stereo speakers, HDMI out, Bluetooth, 5GHz WiFi with two antennas, MIMO enhanced connectivity, a minimum of 16GB of storage and either an 8.9-inch 254ppi 1920×1200 IPS display, or 7-inch display bearing the same specs, that is sure impress even the most hardcore of screen buffs. There’s also a 32GB version of the Kindle Fire HD that comes with LTE on-board.
The Kindle Fire HD’s hardware improvements aren’t the only changes we’ll see over last year’s model, there’s a ton of software improvements and new features coming to the Kindle Fire HD as well. There’s X-Ray, which allows you to interact with media like movies, giving you information on actors and actresses. Whispersync now works with games, so you never lose your progress. A new email, Facebook and Skype app will be released for the Kindle Fire HD. Parental controls are being released as Kindle Free Time. And there’s sure to be much more.
When the original Kindle Fire was first announced, $199 was set in place as the magical number to reach. Amazon has done it once again, by squeezing the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD in at just under $200. As for the 8.9-inch WiFi only Fire HD, that’s available for $299, with the LTE version costing $499, plus a $50 12-month data plan that comes with 250MB of data a month, and a $10 Appstore credit. All three of the new Kindle Fire HDs are available for preorder today, and will ship November 20th. Just in time for the holiday rush.
What do you think of Amazon’s new tablets, did they hit it out of the park, or were you hoping for more?