Amazon Debuts Kindle Fire HDX 7- And 8.9-Inch Tablets


Amazon debuts Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 89inch tablets, we go handson


” The slate, like its predecessor, comes in 7- and 8.9-inch configurations — this time out sporting much higher resolutions, at 323 ppi (1,920 x 1,200) and 339 ppi (2,560 x 1,600), respectively. Compare that to 221 and 254 ppi for their predecessors and 264 ppi on the iPad 3; quite brilliant in conference room lighting. For by-the-pool readers, there’s also a dynamic image contrast feature, which one exec pulled out a flashlight to demo. The feature works by shifting the display’s contrast, rather than brightness, to compensate for external changes in lighting. It’s still not the perfect outdoor reading device some are hoping for, but, well, that’s part of the reason the company’s keeping its Kindle reader line around, after all.

These guys are quick, too. Both versions feature a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and double the RAM of the last version at 2GB. Put it next to 2012’s model and you’ll note a difference, even with something as simple as flipping through icons on the home screen or opening up a record. The difference in gaming is far, far more pronounced. 

Both versions are available now for pre-order. The 7-incher will run you $229 when it starts shipping October 18th. The 8.9-inch version, meanwhile, isn’t set to ship until November 7th. That one will run you $379. Add $100 to either, and you’ll get 4G LTE through either AT&T or, for the first time, Verizon.”