Amazon reveals Kindle Fire HD, confident to take on Google and Apple

Amazon has made a huge wave in the tech world this week with the unveiling of three new tablets, the upgraded Kindle Fire 7-inch and two models of the Kindle Fire HD. The Kindle Fire HD comes in with two versions, 7-inch and 8.9-inch. With this, Amazon believed that the company is in a good position to challenge Google’s Nexus 7 and Apple’s iPad.

What You Need To Know:

  • The Kindle Fire 7-inch model is an upgrade to the original Kindle Fire. The new tablet is packed with a faster processor and doubled RAM. The tablet will be available for $159 starting September 14.
  • There are few details regarding the exact specs of the 7-inch version of the Kindle Fire HD aside from the info that it has an IPS display with 1280 x 800 resolution. It also has 16GB of storage which is priced at $199.
  • The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD also has IPS display with 1920 x 1200 resolution. It has 32GB of storage which is priced at $299. The tablet also comes with an AT&T 4G LTE version for $499.
  • The tablets will be shipped with Android 4.0 ICS. The Kindle Fire HD 7-inch is now available for pre-order and will be shipped starting on September 14. The 8.9-inch version will be available on November 20.

Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD devices certainly have a lot of eye-catching qualities, not least of all their price tags. But slapping on the “game-changer” label and declaring all similar devices “dead” based solely on a corporate presentation seems both silly and sensational.

Android Power TwitterLike the first-gen Kindle Fire model, the Kindle Fire HD tablets provide a distinctly Amazon-centric media experience that has its own set of advantages and drawbacks compared to the regular Android platform. The ultimate question is if that’s the kind of experience you want — and that, my friends, is a question only you can answer.
~ JR Raphael, ComputerWorld


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