Amazon has announced, not one, but two additions to the Kindle Fire family dubbed the Kindle Fire HD 7 and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The numbers denote the sizes of the Fire tablets.
The Kindle Fire Hd 8.9 has an 8.9″, 1920×1200 IPS display, which is close to Apple’s Retina Display, for full 1080p video playback. Amazon has also added a polarizing filter to the display which should give it good contrast even at off angles and laminated the touch sensor to the display which should decrease the glare when using it in a bright environment. The tablet is running on Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4470 processor at 1.5GHz. The tablet has two speakers as well as Dolby Digital Plus. The tablet will also feature MIMO and 5GHz WiFi band. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will have a WiFi-only model, Amazon will also offer a 4G LTE model as well.
While the original Kindle Fire only had 8GB of storage, the Kindle Fire HD will be offered in 16GB and 32GB for the WiFi only while the 4G model will offer 32GB and 64GB storage.
The Kindle Fire HD 7 has most of the features of the 8.9 such as the stereo speakers, MIMO antenna and 5GHz WiFi band. It has the same display size as the Kindle Fire but with higher resolution at 1280×800 for 720p video playback. While it still runs at 1.2GHz as the new Kindle Fire, it uses a newer processor which should perform well especially when playing HD movies.
The Kindle Fire HD also combines e-books and audiobook with Immersion Reading. The idea is to immerse both your eye (by reading) and ears (by listening) to retain what you are reading. Also, the Kindle Fire is more of a traditional tablet with its connectivity features such as email, clients for Twitter and Facebook, and Skype.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 WiFi will start at $299 (around PhP12,480) while the 4G version will start at $499 (PhP20,800). The Kindle Fire HD 7 will start at $199 (around PhP8,300).
While Amazon has announced the Kindle Fire HD 7 and HD 8.9, it will still sell the Kindle Fire but with updated specs. The new Kindle Fire will have a faster processor and twice the RAM (1GB from 512MB). These spec upgrade gives the Kindle Fire up to 40% more performance. The new Kindle Fire will also offer longer battery life. It will go for $159 (around PhP6,600) and will be available on September 14.