Amazon made a habit of announcing new Android-powered tablets each year and today we got to see the new members of the Kindle Fire family, which now come with higher-resolution displays, faster processors, and a new version of Amazon’s interface for Android.
The new Amazon tablets are called Kindle Fire HDX and are available with 7 and 8.9 inch displays, just like the previous generation. With similar design and the same hardware platform, the two new tablets come with 1920 x 1200 7-inch and 2560 x 1600 8.9-inch IPS displays, respectively. Moreover, the 8.9 incher has a primary 8 MP camera mounted on its soft plastic back.
Besides the different screen size and resolution the new Kindle Fire HDX share the same chipset, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 with quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 CPU and Andreno 330 GPU, 2 GB of RAM, 16/32/64 GB of internal storage, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac 2×2, 1 MP front-facing camera, Dolby stereo speakers, acceleromenter, gyro, plus 4G and GPS for the WiFi + Cellular models.
Kindle Fire HDX 7 measures 186 x 128 x 9 mm and weighs 303 grams, while the 8.9-inch model is 231 mm tall, 158 mm wide, 7.8 mm, while having a weight of 374 grams. The 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX has a price tag of $229, while the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 will have a starting price of $379.
With the launch of the new tablets, Amazon also announced that the previous Kindle Fire models will receive a price cut. The online retailer giant also announced that the new Amazon OS is based on Android 4.2.2, but, for some reason, the Google services were ditched. Among the improvements you will find enhanced multitasking, wireless streaming and Facebook and Twitter integration.
As you probably know the Amazon is not selling the Kindle Fire tablets outside US and selected markets through official channels, but you will still be able to find the new slates in the portfolios of certain local retailers. Because Amazon’s custom operating system is almost useless in the countries where the retailer doesn’t offer support for its services you will still be able to have fun with the Kindle Fire HDX models by installing custom ROMs like CyanogenMod or ParanoidAndroid.