New Amazon Kindle Fires
By Will765 On 7 Sep, 2012 At 12:45 PM | Categorized As News | With 0 Comments

Amazon continued it’s quest to become a major force in the tablet market yesterday with the announcements of it’s latest devices.  The HD models, coming in 7″ and 8.9″ screen size, also have various combinations of storage and connectivity.  The 7″ models have 1280×800 displays, while the larger 8.9″ boasts 1920×1200.  Another screen design change is the elimination of the air gap between the touch sensor and actual LCD plates, which Amazon claims will reduce glare by 25% compared to iPad3.

The tablets have very impressive hardware.  The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 4470 processor,  with an on-board  SGX544 graphics engine that’s capable of over 12 billion floating point operations per second — or 50 percent more than Nvidia’s Tegra 3 processor. The processor in the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is a dual-core OMAP4 4460 1.2GHz . Even the standard 7″ Fire gets an upgraded processor running@ 1.5Ghz.

The HD models will have dual-antennas for reception at 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.  Along with MIMO(multiple in/multiple out) technology, Amazon states the wifi offers 41% faster speeds than iPad3(lots of iPad3 comparisons).  Also available are the higher-end versions, with 4G LTE capability.    Kindle Fire HD owners will be able to purchase a 12-month data plan offering 250MB per month, 20GB of Amazon Cloud storage, and a $10 credit in the Amazon Appstore for a one-time cost of $49.99. Although 250MB isn’t really a lot, customers will be able to choose to upgrade to 3 GB or 5 GB data plans from AT&T directly from the tablet.  Add in HDMI out port, and Bluetooth support, and Amazon has really come out swinging with it’s new tablets.

Pricing?

7″ HD, 16GB-$199

7″ HD, 32GB-$249

8.9″ HD, 16GB-$299

8.9″ HD, 32GB-$369

8.9″ HD, 4G LTE, 32GB-$499

8.9″ HD, 4G LTE, 64GB-$599

Obviously, Amazon is now looking to challenge the tablet market leader, Apple.   It has to start selling it’s tablets worldwide in order to do this, however.  Just doing well in the US market is fine, but it’s not everything.  Shipping for the 7″ HD tablets starts 9.14, while the 8.9″ ones will ship 11.20.

 

 

About - Bill Anderson posts under the clever alias will765. Gets to work from a home office for a piano moving company, in glorious Lake Hopatcong, NJ. Pretty new to android, but love technology and have been building my own(and friends)pc's for about 15 years

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