New Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX tablets announced

Kindle Fire HD 2013Amazon has announced three new Kindle Fire tablets, the Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX, and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The Fire HD is a revised version of the old model, while the Fire HDX tablets both have new designs, significantly updated specifications, and several cool new features. Here’s what you need to know about all three:

Kindle Fire HD

The cheapest Kindle Fire tablet now on offer, it starts at just $140 in the USA, and available with either 8GB or 16GB of internal storage memory. The 7-inch display has a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, and there is a new dual-core, 1.5GHz processor inside.

Kindle Fire HDX

The screen size may be the same as the Fire HD, but the resolution on the HDX has been increased to 1920 x 1200, and the processor is now a quad-core, 2.2GHz chip, which should provide more than enough power for HD movie streaming and the latest games. There’s a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB internal storage, plus the tablet has a front facing camera, stereo speakers, and the option to select 4G connectivity. It starts at $230.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

As the name suggests, the screen size has been increased to 8.9-inches with this Fire HDX, and the resolution is a very impressive 2560 x 1600. Inside is the same quad-core processor as the 7-inch Fire HDX, and it offers the same choice of internal memory and 4G. The Fire HDX 8.9 also has an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a slightly larger battery.

At the moment, all three new tablets will hit the Amazon store on October 2, but this is only in America, and no international release date has been provided yet. We’re sure it’ll come, but we may have to be patient.

About Andrew Boxall

Andy's fascination with mobile tech began in the 90s, at a time when SMS messages were considered cutting edge, but it would be at least a decade before he would put finger-to-keyboard as a freelance tech writer. In the interim he wrote about travel, formulated strong opinions about films and drove a series of audacious cars