The new range of Kindle Fire tables from Amazon, the Kindle Fire HDX to be precise, have been given a release date in the UK and are now available for pre-order. The WiFi-only 7-inch Kindle Fire HDX is priced at £199 and will ship on 13th November. The 4G-enabled model will set you back £269 and will begin shipping on 27th November.
The HDX is also available in a slightly larger size as an 8.9-inch tablet. The WiFi-only model will cost £329, and the 4G version will be £399. These will begin shipping on 19th November and 13th December respectively.
According to Amazon, both devices go ‘beyond HD’ with truly exceptional pixel density – the 7-inch tablet has 323ppi (pixels per inch) with the 8.9-icnh version displaying a slightly better 339ppi. They also feature reduced glare, dynamic image contrast, and improved brightness for better viewing outside.
The tablets come packed with quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors running at 2.2 GHz, making them three times faster than the previous generation of Kindle Fire HD tablets. In addition, they come with the Adreno 330 graphics engine and twice the amount of memory, creating a great high-frame rate gaming experience.
With all this extra power, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX manages an impressive weight of 374g (13.2 ounces) which is a staggering 34 percent lighter than the previous generation. It also comes with a front-facing HD camera for video calls, and an all-new 8 megapixel rear-facing camera for taking photos and 1080p HD video. (The 7-inch model has only the front-facing camera).
They run on the latest version of Amazon’s Fire OS, which is loosely based on Android Jelly Bean. Amazon have announced that Fire OS 3.0 ‘Mojito’ includes hundreds of new and upgraded features, platform updates, and Amazon-exclusive services; claiming that the devices have around 11 hours of battery life based on mixed usage, and up to 17 hours of reading.
One of the coolest features coming to Kindle Fire, is the Mayday button, which is a free service allowing users to push a button and be instantly connected to a Amazon customer support representative by either video or audio (depending on connection quality) who you can ask for help. The support staff can view your screen, draw on it to point things out, and even take direct control if you get completely stuck!
Amazon.com’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos made the statement, “We’re excited to offer customers this great hardware and service at a breakthrough price.”