Sep 25 AT 12:38 PM Dima Aryeh 12 Comments

Amazon announces new Kindle Fire HD, HDX tablets with new Fire OS 3.0

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX

Amazon was one of the first to start selling Android tablets at cost, meaning they would not make any money off the hardware. This made for some nice hardware and very low prices, making tablets more accessible to those who previously couldn’t afford a year old iPad for $400. It was a turning point in the tablet market, boosting Android from almost nothing to high sales.Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has now announced the successors to its Kindle Fire family, and it has completely gotten rid of the standard Fire. The new base model will be the Kindle Fire HD, and it will offer a 1280 x 800 7-inch display, a 1.5GHz dual core processor, dual Dolby Digital Plus speakers, dual band WiFi and the new Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito.” That may not seem like much, but at only $139 for the 8GB model, it’s an awesome deal. The 16GB model will set you back $169.

But the stars of the show are the new Fire HDX tablets. There’s a 7-inch and an 8.9-inch model available. Both will feature a 2.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 processor, the most powerful processor Qualcomm offers, paired with 2GB of RAM. They also have a front facing HD camera, dual band WiFi and dual speakers, and their displays offer 100% sRGB color reproduction.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX will sport a 1920 x 1200 display, giving it a pixel density of 323 ppi. It will offer 11 hours of battery life, with 17 hours of battery life while reading. The 16GB model will cost $229, while the 32GB and 64GB models will go for $269 and $309 respectively. It is also offered in a 4G LTE model for both AT&T and Verizon for $100 more to any of the storage sizes.

The 8.9-inch model steps it up with a 2560 x 1600 display, besting even the Nexus 10 in display sharpness. It has a pixel density of 339 ppi, which is pretty incredible for a large tablet. It adds onto the HD front facing camera with an 8MP rear camera that shoots 1080p video. It offers an extra hour of battery life over the 7-inch Fire HDX and is 34% lighter than the previous model. You can get a 16GB model for $379, a 32GB model for $429 and a 64GB model for $479. The 4G LTE model is $100 more for any storage size and is available for both AT&T and Verizon.

Amazon also announced new software to go with these tablets. Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito” is an improved version of Amazon’s fork of Android with a bunch of new features fans of the Kindle tablets will enjoy. Amazon optimized performance and touch latency for a better experience on these new tablets to take advantage of the new hardware.

There is also a new Mayday button, which guarantees tech support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, all for free. Pressing the Mayday button on your tablet will connect you to a representative (the response goal is under 15 seconds) who will help you with your issues by drawing on your display or taking over for you. It allows you to see the representative too. The fact that it’s always available is pretty incredible.

There are also smaller features like X-Ray, which shows info about the movie or show you’re watching and music you’re listening to. Second Screen allows you to send video to a TV to stream while using the tablet for other purposes. And Quick Switch is a new form of multitasking that allows you to use gestures.

Don’t forget: all of these tablets come with advertisements in the software. While it may not be a big deal for some, it’s pretty bad for many. To opt out of ads, you have to pay an extra $15, so factor that into the price of the tablet when buying it (the option to opt out is right next to selecting storage capacity).

All in all, Amazon is releasing some really good hardware at very competitive prices. The fork of Android without the Play Store may be off putting to some, but many won’t care. If you’re interested, head to Amazon and pre-order the devices now. The Fire HD launches October 2, the HDX 7-inch launches October 18, and the HDX 8.9-inch launches November 7. The LTE models of the 7-inch and 8.9-inch HDX tablets launch November 14 and December 10, respectively. We have a lot of waiting to do, but they’ll come soon.

Source: Kindle Fire HD 7-inch, Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Arthur

    Hardware wise, these Amazon tablets are becoming much more promising choices so long as your heavily invested in Amazon’s ecosystem and take advantage of all their Prime membership benefits.

    • Chris C

      Another Android tablet to launch this week with some great features is the new Ramos i-8 ($199) and is the world’s thinnest 8-inch tablet– and features a 7.9-inch HD screen and aluminum-nickel frame for a sleek design; similar in size to the mini-iPad and is easy to carry… almost as compact as a 7″ tablet such as the new Kindle Fire, but with 40% more screen space, which makes a significant difference in viewing tablet content (a key reason the iPad mini is 8″ size) — the new Ramos i-8 also matches most features of the Nexus 7— plus MicroSD storage.

      The new Ramos i8 also features one of Intel’s newest processors with solid performance for a mid-range device. Ramos Technology has partnered with Intel to introduce the i-Series with 8″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ models ($199-$299) — and all offer HD displays along with an Intel processor with Hyper-Threading technology, which runs four threads simultaneously and outscores many mainstream quad-core tablets in benchmark tests…

      One of the first sources in the U.S. with more product details is –Ta b l e t S p r i nt

    • jenni102

      til I saw the draft that said $9970, I didn’t believe that…my… neighbour woz like they say realy bringing home money part-time at their computer.. there great aunt has been doing this for under six months and as of now cleared the debts on their condo and got a new Lotus Carlton. see here……

    • tanman888

      Yes, on paper the HDX screen res matches the nexus 7 and it has a faster/newer Snapdragon processor to boot.

      The camera is a bit of a let down (for those who use tablets for their happy snaps).

      • theviper21

        Missing NFC, though!

  • Jon

    Disappointing that FireOS 3.0 won’t be coming to the previous Fire HD model (per the bottom of )


    I would like to thank HTC for making everyone step up their speaker game when they came out with BoomSound.

  • DroidSamurai

    >> There is also a new Mayday button, which guarantees tech support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, all for free.

    Frankly, the Kindle Fire is not my cup of tea — no Google Play, no native Google apps pretty much guarantee that I won’t buy it. BUT, the Mayday button is such a GENIUS idea. I am surprised that Apple didn’t think of it first (Apple fans, of course will say that even a 3 years old can use their products and why tech support is needed — as if the Genius Bar doesn’t exist.) Comparing this feature and the so-called tech support from Google, and you can’t help but let out a big sigh.

    • CTown

      The worst thing about this device isn’t that Google’s services are not preloaded, it’s the fact that these things come with FireOS.

      I had my cousin’s Kindle Fire HD 7 for a day or two (*) and hated the thing. The launcher is the most unintuitve Android program I have ever seen. There was no reason to split everything into different tabs. The Kindle App should have held the book library and the music app should house the app library and etc. No reason to complicate the launcher (which is the most central part of the user experience). I also cannot stand the ugly carosuals they use everywhere; especially the way that their appstore is nothing but these carosuals. Their web browser felt like the old mobile phone ones that were used before mobile Safari came out on iOS.

      *I was just supposed to root the tablet just to install Google Play but the Kindle Fire just updated itself and Google Play gets removed. After this happening several times in a small period, I just installed CyanogenMod as ported by Hashcode (a guy who maintains what feels like tens of devices). Some games refuse to start now but I was still thanked by his family because the tablet is so much easier to use now…

  • donger

    Go amazon.

  • NasLAU

    If you’re a Prime member, and even if you’re not,this has to be the best combination of power+kid friendly features in a tablet.

  • NT_

    I never thought I’d type such a thing, but I preordered a 7″ HDX no-ads 64GB Wifi model last night. I’m a Prime member with hundreds of Kindle books that I’ve read on Kindle for Android and had been thinking about getting one of the new Paperwhite models, as well as this years’ Nexus 7. However, when I saw the specs, features and prices of the new Fire HDX models: BAM. I’m in.

    Having the monthly free book and Prime movies on my tablet will be nice. I’ll still have my OG Nexus 7 for the Play Store stuff and anything else that I don’t like/doesn’t work on the HDX. And, to be honest, I’m such a heavy tablet user at times that it will be nice to have one fully charged when I blow out the battery on the other, lol.

    I’ve always been disappointed with the sound output quality (and levels) on both my Nexus 4 & 7, and Amazon wisely seems to be paying more attention to that aspect. Looking forward to trying out Pandora Radio on the HDX.