Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos, has just announced two brand new additions to their Kindle lineup of tablets. The all new Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HD will look to take on the next generation of the iPad, expected to arrive this October, and the Microsoft Surface tablets announced earlier this week.
Meet the Powerful Kindle Fire HDX
Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HDX will come in two screen sizes of 7-inches and 8.9-inches. Both versions of the high powered tablet will sport an ultra fast quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2GHz processor with 2GB of RAM. This makes the new tablet more than three times faster than Amazon’s previous generation of tablets. The new display panels will have a resolution of 339 pixels per inch for the 8.9-inch model, and 323 pixels per inch for the 7-inch model. Battery life will feature about 11 hours of usage, while he built-in camera has been upgraded to an 8-megapixel sensor for 1080p HD video and photos.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX will start shipping on November 7th and will cost $379, and $479 for the 4G version. The 8.9-inch 4G model will be available later in December. The 7-inch model starts at $229 for a 16GB model and $329 for the $G LTE-enabled version. The Wi-Fi only model will ship October 15, and the LTE version will ship on November 14. Pre-orders are available now directly from Amazon.
The Budget Friendly Kindle Fire HD
For those consumers who don’t need all the bells and whistles and wish to save some cash, the new Fire HD could be for you. The update to the popular tablet will bring a 7-inch display with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels (216 pixels per inch), a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and the new Fire OS 3.0 operating system. The update to the Kindle Fire HD will start at $139 for the 8GB version, and $169 for the 16GB version. Both sizes of the tablet ship on October 2nd and can be pre-ordered now from Amazon.com.
The complete details on both new tablets, the Fire OS and new Fire cases can be found on the official Kindle Fire press release over on Amazon. Does Amazon finally have an “iPad killer” with the new Kindle Fire HDX? We shall see.
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