Amazon reveals new Kindle Fire HDX tablets and $139 Kindle Fire HD

While there have been many rumors posted about the next versions of Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets this past summer, the company finally revealed the first official details about their third generation Android-based tablets this morning. They include new 7- and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX models along with a new, and very cheap, 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet.

All three tablets come with the next version of Amazon's Android-based user interface, Fire OS 3.0, which has the code name “Mojito.” One of the new features in Fire OS 3.0 is called Mayday, which allows users to connect to a live Amazon tech support employee who will be available at any time to remotely guide the owner through features in the tablets.

Here are some of the specs for the Kindle Fire HDX tablets:

  • Processor: Qualcomm quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz
  • Memory: 2GB of RAM
  • Display Resolution: 1920x1200 for 7-inch; 2560x1600 for 8.9-inch
  • Camera: Front facing for both; eight megapixel rear camera for 8.9 inch
  • Battery Life: 11 hours for mixed use; 17 hours for reading
  • Prices: Start at $229 for 7-inch; $379 for 8.9-inch

Both models are currently on sale at Amazon's web site, with the 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX shipping on Oct. 18, while the 8.9-inch model shipping a few weeks later on Nov. 7. There's also an option to add 4G LTE support for either tablet. For the first time, users can choose from either AT&T or Verizon Wireless for their 4G needs.

There's also the new version of the Kindle Fire HD that might be to your liking at a cheaper price point. The 7-inch tablet has the same body as the Kindle Fire HDX, but inside there's a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a resolution of 1280x800. It also has the new Fire OS 3.0 but lacks the Mayday feature. You can buy it now with a starting price of just $139. It will start shipping on Oct. 2.

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16 Comments

great... now with a mayday function... I'd hate to be one of those helpdesk people when you have to spend all day helping tech illiterate people use the device probably multiple times a day for the same person...

InTheSwiss said,
The hardware in the 8.9" HDX is pretty nice. Shame it is running Amazon's fork of Android and not stock though

Agreed, it's really junky. Stock android would be great on this device.

este said,

Could be but I duno - I'd never bother with this device

Yes, at least the first generation. I rooted mine, added a bootloader, recovery shell, and android 4.1 Jelly Bean (AOSP)

And I was thinking in working in Amazon call center here in Costa Rica... haha

I installed cyanogenmod in a Kindle Fire (1st gen) and it works great, no lag or slowness.

Nice, hopefully they don't overprice for the UK. I'd definitely buy the 8.9" one if it's not too much more than the Nexus 7 (32GB).

The 7" HDX sounds nice, though I think I'd still have the Nexus 7 2013 over it. The Nexus 7 2013 is a speedy beast already, plus it comes with stock Android out of the box, so no messing with root/ROMS. If you're invested in Prime, this sounds good though.

I'm quite impressed with the 7" device with 1080p resolution. If anyone is wondering about running custom roms then check out Xda-Developers but i would suggest to pick Nexus 7 instead since:

1) Stock Android
2) Instant updates from Google

Cons:
1) People are still having huge amount of issues with the touchscreen and it doesn't seem to be resolved.

Nice hardware, but it looks like they removed the HDMI port. So instead of just a cable now you will need a Samsung TV, PlayStation 3/4, or Miracast device to view content on the big screen.

Also interesting strategy from Amazon; start out really with cheap, no frills devices to build market share and then gradually add features and increase price with each new model. At $379 the new 8.9" model is getting into iPad pricing territory. Maybe Microsoft could learn a little from this for their Surface program.

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