At a major event today, Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos introduced a new line of Kindle Fire HD tablets. The family of Fire now includes an updated 7-inch tablet along with two larger 8.9-inch tablets, one of which will support 4G LTE. Amazon claims the new Fire tablets will offer the ‘fastest WiFi’ large in part to dual antennas, dual-band and MIMO. They all run a heavily modified version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
- Ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless, powered by the latest generation 4G chipset, support for all 10 4G bands, and Amazon’s breakthrough 4G LTE data package—customers save hundreds of dollars in the first year compared to other 4G tablets.
- Stunning custom HD display with in-plane switching, Advanced True Wide polarizing filter and custom laminated touch sensor for 25% less glare with rich color and deep contrast from any viewing angle.
- Fastest Wi-Fi of any tablet—dual antenna, dual-band, and MIMO—40% faster downloads and streaming compared to the next fastest tablet.
- High-performance processor and graphics engine for snappy and smooth performance.
- Dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio—the standard in high-end audio—available for the first time on a tablet.
- Kindle Fire HD starts with 16 GB of local storage, enough to accommodate the larger file sizes of HD content.
- Exceptional battery life—7” Kindle Fire HD gets 11 hours of battery life.
- Front-facing HD camera with custom Skype application for video calling from anywhere in the world.
- New Amazon-exclusive features like X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, Immersion Reading, Whispersync for Voice, Whispersync for Games, and Kindle FreeTime.
- World’s best content ecosystem—over 22 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines.
- Best cross-platform interoperability, with Amazon apps available on the largest number of devices and platforms so customers can access content anytime, anywhere.
There are three models, each with two storage configurations.
- Kindle Fire HD: 16GB – $199, 32GB $249
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9: 16GB – $299, 32GB – $369
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9 4G LTE: 32GB – $499, 64GB – $599
Amazon has definitely amped up the specs from the first generation and now provide a new larger option, even with 4G LTE. All of this will some incredibly competitive pricing. Google’s Nexus 7 in the 8GB version is $199, while the Fire HD offers double the storage at the same price. This new line also fires a salvo at Apple with the larger 8.9-inch priced at $299.
The updated 7-inch Fire ships September 14th. The big boy ships on November 20th, with pre-orders starting today.