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Amazon announces an all-new tablet lineup

Microsoft isn't the only company showing off fresh, new tablets this week. Amazon has also managed to sneak in with a fresh tablet lineup of its own.
 
First up is the refreshed 7" Kindle Fire HD. The latest Kindle Fire HD has slimmed down a tad, but still includes a 1280x800 display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, dual stereo speakers, and dual-band Wi-Fi. Best of all, the new tablet is priced at a low $139.
 
However, the big news comes in the form of two new Kindle Fire HDX family, which is available in both 7" (1920x1200) and 8.9" (2560x1600) models. Both tablets feature a 2.2GHz, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM (Amazon claims a 3x boost in CPU performance compared to the previous generation Kindle Fire HD). Graphics duties are handled by an Adreno 330 GPU, which promises a 4x performance boost over the previous generation.

All Kindle Fire HDX tablets will be available in capacities of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB.


Kindle Fire HDX family
 
In addition, both tablets feature up to 11 hours of runtime in "mixed use" scenarios and up to 17 hours when reading only eBooks.
 
Other features include an 8MP rear-facing camera that can capture 1080p video for the 8.9" model (the 7" model makes do with just a front-facing camera) and optional LTE connectivity. In addition, both new Kindle Fire HDX tablets (and the refreshed Kindle Fire HD) run Amazon's Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" which is based on a fork of Android 4.2.
 
“Fire OS includes the core email and productivity apps, but we take a different approach when it comes to content,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Our content-first approach shapes the design of Fire OS—the home screen makes the most recent content items available instantly on the Carousel or Grid and customers can move between their media libraries both on the device and in the cloud with a simple tap. We’ve also deeply integrated Amazon services directly into Mojito, such as the Mayday button, Second Screen, X-Ray for Movies & TV shows, and now X-Ray for Music.”
 
However, perhaps the most interesting new feature include on the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets is called "Mayday". Mayday allows you to tap a button -- when you need help figuring out how to accomplish something on your tablet -- and be connected within 15 seconds to a real live human being that you can actually see (they won't be able to see you, thank goodness). The service advisor will then be able to walk you through features on your device or solve a issue by drawing on your screen or take complete control of your tablet. You can see a video of Mayday in action here:
 

Amazon says that Mayday will be available 24-7-365 and will be completely free.

The 7" and 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX tablets are available to pre-order today starting at $229 and $379 respectively. Add $100 to each of those figures if you want LTE connectivity (AT&T or Verizon). Also, add $40 for each storage capacity upgrade on the 7" Kindle Fire HDX and $50 for the 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX.

Sources: Amazon [1], [2], [3]



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very nice!
By GulWestfale on 9/25/2013 1:13:55 AM , Rating: 2
wow, impressive specs and a low price? sign me up.




RE: very nice!
By augiem on 9/25/2013 3:27:18 AM , Rating: 3
Specs and price are great. Now if only getting stock Android on these things is A) easy and B) bug free and C) didn't require Cyanogenmod or similar, these will be hard to beat.


RE: very nice!
By bug77 on 9/25/2013 5:11:22 AM , Rating: 2
You do realize the price is that low only because this is a vehicle for selling whatever Amazon has to sell. Wishing for stock Android on these is nonsense.


RE: very nice!
By othercents on 9/25/2013 8:16:13 AM , Rating: 2
It is also low because they removed the camera from the Kindle Fire HD. For kids the Kindles are great since you can get Amazon FreeTime Unlimited with plenty of games and books for them along with time limits. However I still haven't seen a competitor with the same processors at anywhere near this price.

quote:
2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM


RE: very nice!
By Valis on 9/25/2013 9:33:07 AM , Rating: 2
quote:
You do realize the price is that low only because this is a vehicle for selling whatever Amazon has to sell. Wishing for stock Android on these is nonsense.

A version of Ubuntu, on one of these wouldn't be so bad, though. :)


RE: very nice!
By BRB29 on 9/25/2013 2:57:29 PM , Rating: 2
or just plain vanilla Android. What is with people and ubuntu lol. Let it go unless it is your hobby to troubleshoot problems after problems.


RE: very nice!
By Argon18 on 9/25/13, Rating: -1
RE: very nice!
By smnoamls on 9/28/2013 4:03:36 AM , Rating: 2
Having worked on porting Ubuntu to a variety of Android based device, I can indeed confirm: On non any device not planned / designed for ubuntu (drivers, framework, etc), it will indeed be bug after problem after bug after problem.

These things are usually custom made for a certain OS. Its how its done. Its not a bad thing, its just plain engineering constraints. Sure, the Opensource community may, in time , bring in a nice and stable build for a kindle.
But it will take time, blood and tears.


RE: very nice!
By augiem on 9/25/2013 3:00:32 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
You do realize the price is that low only because this is a vehicle for selling whatever Amazon has to sell. Wishing for stock Android on these is nonsense.


Yes I do realize that. I certainly don't expect Amazon to offer it, but someone/group out there is sure going to try. There's nothing wrong with taking advantage of an opportunity. Rooting/jailbreaking/hacking these devices is not going to go away.


RE: very nice!
By retrospooty on 9/25/2013 8:17:58 AM , Rating: 2
"Specs and price are great. Now if only getting stock Android on these things is A) easy and B) bug free and C) didn't require Cyanogenmod or similar, these will be hard to beat."

Better off with a Nexus 7 at the same price or wait for the 10 and/or rumored upcoming Nexus 8


RE: very nice!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/25/2013 9:24:16 AM , Rating: 2
I have to a agree.

Amazon did a great job with the Fire line, don't get me wrong. And as a pure media consumption device, it can be great.

However as an owner of a previous generation Fire, all too often I find myself feeling too constrained and 'locked-in' to their specialty ecosystem. I'm constantly running into things I can't do, can't install, can't participate in etc etc. It's sometimes VERY frustrating, and not really worth it IMO. As nice as the Amazon Store is, and it is nice, being locked out of the Google Play store is just not cool either.

It's almost like an iOS simulator, but on Android lol.


RE: very nice!
By mik123 on 9/25/2013 11:26:14 AM , Rating: 2
Have you thought about putting stock Android or Ubuntu on it?
I'm seriously considering it.


RE: very nice!
By Reclaimer77 on 9/25/2013 6:13:27 PM , Rating: 2
Yes but then there's still no microphone or camera, so Google Now would be gimped and I still couldn't make Skype calls etc etc etc.

meah.


RE: very nice!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/25/13, Rating: -1
RE: very nice!
By augiem on 9/25/2013 3:06:19 PM , Rating: 2
quote:
Better off with a Nexus 7 at the same price or wait for the 10 and/or rumored upcoming Nexus 8


Right. It's only a deal in my book if you can get stock Android on there easily. Then you have better hardware without sacrificing on the OS. That's not doable yet, so, yeah, if I were in the market now, I'd go Nexus.


RE: very nice!
By TakinYourPoints on 9/25/13, Rating: 0
RE: very nice!
By mjv.theory on 9/25/2013 7:15:26 AM , Rating: 2
Yeah, but if that Amy chick from the video keeps popping up, then these things are gonna have to be IP67


RE: very nice!
By Falacer on 9/25/2013 12:53:55 PM , Rating: 2
I'd still take a Nexus tablet over a Kindle. Hell my 2yr old knows how to use it already.


RE: very nice!
By troysavary on 9/25/2013 3:19:54 PM , Rating: 3
Let me get this straight. A 32GB 8.9 inch Kindle Fire at $429 is cheap, but a 32GB Surface 2 at $449 is expensive?


RE: very nice!
By geekman1024 on 9/25/2013 10:15:08 PM , Rating: 2
Surface 2 is RT, please compare the software library of Google Play and Microsoft Apps Store (for RT).


RE: very nice!
By palmira_friend on 9/25/13, Rating: 0
Nice, but...
By gwem557 on 9/25/2013 4:33:29 AM , Rating: 2
Nice, but the lack of an IR blaster has me still looking at the note 3.




RE: Nice, but...
By FITCamaro on 9/25/2013 7:15:02 AM , Rating: 2
The Note 3 is a phone, not a tablet...


RE: Nice, but...
By gwem557 on 9/25/2013 4:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Ah, correct. I was thinking of course, of the note 3 10.1

Either way, even the note 3 phone has an IR blaster.


RE: Nice, but...
By Tewt on 9/25/2013 5:08:26 PM , Rating: 2
I was also hoping for an IR blaster. I was also not expecting them to drop HDMI out, either dedicated or MHL.


Mayday parodies
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/25/2013 1:26:20 AM , Rating: 2
You just know there are going to be lewd parody videos of Mayday popping up in the next few days ;)




RE: Mayday parodies
By Gondor on 9/25/2013 7:33:18 AM , Rating: 2
Oooo ... ;-)


8.9" with that res, at THAT price?
By piroroadkill on 9/25/2013 3:59:21 AM , Rating: 2
Holy shit Amazon.




RE: 8.9" with that res, at THAT price?
By piroroadkill on 9/25/13, Rating: -1
By retrospooty on 9/25/2013 8:47:50 AM , Rating: 3
"the old Apple trick is present, no SD slot, silly price increases for small amounts of NAND"

Not quite. Apple charges $100 to go from 16 to 32. Amazon is doing like Google with the nexus, at least charging a reasonable rate.

" $40 for each storage capacity upgrade on the 7" Kindle Fire HDX and $50 for the 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX."


Still $15 to opt out of ads?
By zero2dash on 9/25/2013 11:02:03 AM , Rating: 2
IIRC no matter what KFHD you bought, you had ads unless you paid an extra $15 to opt out.

I see no mention of this on these new ones....so does that mean that they've learned their lesson, or are they just trying to sweep it under the rug and won't admit anything until people start complaining?

We had a KF that ran CM9 great - until the charging port stopped working and now the device is a brick.




RE: Still $15 to opt out of ads?
By middlehead on 9/25/2013 12:57:21 PM , Rating: 2
If you go to the Amazon profile pages for the new products, it's still $15. Same big-ass buttons they've always had, so they're not trying to hide it.


No more HDMI out
By Tewt on 9/25/2013 5:11:05 PM , Rating: 2
I actually use HDMI out on my tablets(currently TF300) and am disappointed to see it was dropped for this newest line. They do not even have the option for MHL. bummer :(




Removed a key feature I like
By xeroshadow on 9/25/2013 10:19:09 PM , Rating: 2
Too bad this generation removed HDMI out. There isn't even an option to use MHL on the USB port. For me, ease of use through an HDMI cable cannot be beat with newer wireless protocols. No longer interested unless they have a better option than the aforementioned second screen BS through a PS3/4 or specific Samsung smart tv. I'm not buying any of those just to get a feature that was more accessible(and way cheaper) in the last generation.




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