Amazon introduces quadcore Kindle Fire HDX tablets

first_imgAs we come to the end of September, the focus is slowly turning to the holidays and what retailers can tempt us to purchase to put under the tree this December. In the case of Amazon, alongside an updated Kindle Paperwhite e-reader, two brand new Kindle Fire tablets have just been announced carrying the name HDX.Where as before Amazon was shipping Kindle Fire HD tablets, now we have HDX versions with updated designs, displays, and a major performance boost.The main difference between the two HDX models is the display size on offer. Amazon is shipping a 7-inch version with a 1920 x 1200 resolution (323ppi), and an 8.9-inch version that ups the resolution to 2560 x 1600 (339ppi). Both displays are expected to have less glare, higher brightness, and offer 100% sRGB color accuracy.Inside both tablets you will find a quad core 2.2GHz Snapdragon processor and 2GB RAM. Amazon claims this offers 3x the performance and 2x the memory of the existing Kindle Fire HD tablets. You’re going to enjoy 11 hours of battery life, and Amazon is touting these as the only tablets with a processor clocked at over 2GHz. The 8.9-inch model is also claimed to be the “lightest large-screen tablet” on the market at just 374 grams.Amazon doesn’t ship its tablets with stock Android, instead choosing to use its own, heavily modified version called Fire OS. In this case the HDX models will ship with Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” which is a fork of Android 4.2. It has an updated user interface, Silk browser, and integrates a new feature called the Mayday button.Mayday is Amazon’s answer to instant and free tech support. With the tap of a button you are connected to an Amazon expert who can guide you through what to do on the tablet if you hit a problem. As well as being free, Amazon is making it available 24×7, 365 days a year, and promises no more than a 15 second response time. That’s impressive.As for pricing, the 7-inch model starts at $229 with 16GB of storage, Special Offers, and WiFi-only. You can up the storage to 32GB or 64GB, remove Special Offers, and select WiFi with 4G LTE. The maximum you’ll pay (64GB, LTE, and no SE) is $424. It’s the same deal with the larger 8.9-inch model, but the price starts at $379 and increases to $594 for the top configuration. The 7-inch WiFi model will be available from October 18, but you’ll be waiting until November 7 to get your hands on the 8.9-inch WiFi model. If you want the 4G versions, they won’t ship until November 14 and December 10 respectively.If those prices sound a little steep for your budget, Amazon has also decided to update the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD from last year. It costs $139, now uses a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, the new Fire OS 3.0, and comes with 8GB of storage (16GB is an option).Click on the table below to see Amazon’s full line up of tablets going forward:last_img read more