Amazon Unveils The New Kindle Fire HD, 7″- 8.9″ Screen Starting at $199!!
Today Amazon had their big event in California. Their Kindle Fire tablet has been a huge hit for them, selling millions however lately it has faced some stiff competition from Google’s own Nexus 7 tablet. The sequel to the Fire was just announced and it looks like Amazon has brought its A game to compete with the Nexus. The Kindle Fire’s successor will be called the Kindle Fire HD and will come in 2 flavors. The 7″ will set you back $199 with 16GB of storage, while the 8.9″ will only be $299 with 16GB as well. If you really want to go all out there will be 8.9″ AT&T 4G LTE equipped model with a $50/year data plan that will allot you 250MB/month and cost $499.
So what kind of hardware does this sequel pack? Inside you will find a dual-core TI OMAP processor, front facing camera, 2 WiFi antennas, and a Dolby stereo speaker packed in a 8.8MM thin chassis. The display will feature a 1920×1200 resolution and a 25% reduction in glare. On the software side you will find the same Amazon overlay but some new software features that will be very useful. First up is a new movie feature. Say you are watching a movie and want to know some information about it, you will be able to access IMDB while the movie is running and find all the facts and trivia you want! Another feature is a change to Whispersync that will allow you to read at home and then get in the car and have the audiobook kick right in from where you left off reading! If you are thinking of buying one for your child then Freetime will appeal to you, it allows you to set not only content filters but time limits so you can make sure your kids aren’t goofing off instead of doing their homework. So if these tablets are looking good to you, the 7″ version will ship on September 14th while the 8.9″ WiFi as well as the LTE device will be rolling out on November 20th.