Amazon Kindle Fire 7 HD, Kindle Fire 8.9 HD: Specs and features

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    Amazon has come up with a couple of tablets including Kindle Fire 7 HD and Kindle Fire 8.9 HD. Here we study their specs and features

    Putting rest for all rumors over a second version Kindle Fire, Amazon has brought us three new tablets. In a press meet on Thursday, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos demoed a revamped version of the original Kindle Fire 7-inch, its 7-inch HD version and a larger Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch. The first two tablets sport 7-inch screens, but there are many great features with them compared to the original Kindle Fire of 2011. Meanwhile, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is a completely new product. Here we make a look into the specs and features of the new tablet entries from the retailer.

    The new Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD
    The upgraded edition of Amazon Kindle Fire is to come with the same 7-inch screen, but along with a HD edition also. Amazon has certainly worked out seriously to change the device’s fate with new features. The new 7-inch tablets tout 40 percent faster processor, longer battery life and twice as much as the RAM of the original version. Well, it is a deliberate effort from the company to turn the tablet more powerful so as to place it in competition to Google Nexus 7.

    Under the hood, Kindle Fire 7 and its HD version mount a 1.2GHz dual core processor. Unlike its previous version, the devices sport a front camera for video calls. The original Kindle Fire was blamed for the lack of both the rear and front cameras. Amazon has also brought Bluetooth connectivity to the Kindle Fire as part of making it a full-fledged tablet.

    The new 7-inch Kindle Fires are to come up in larger memory versions also. You can get 16GB and 32GB versions of the gadget. Its original has only 8GB of physical storage. However, the device is to come for a rather lower price. The HD version of the new Kindle Fire will come for $199, while the non-HD new version will be up for just $159. It is quite clear that Nexus 7 is going to get not just a single rival from Amazon.

    Besides the hardware changes, the upgraded Kindle Fires will give access for users to many new software features. The company has integrated lots of interesting and innovative features to the tablets. For example, you can enjoy new features such as X-Ray for Books, X-Ray for Movies, Immersion Reading, Kindle FreeTime, Whispersync for Voice and many others on the devices.

    Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch
    Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch is actually Amazon’s straight reply to Apple iPad and other top-notch tablets. The device touts a screen resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels. However, it doesn’t come close to iPad’s a bit larger 9.7-inch Retina display with great clarity. The new larger Kindle Fire is to come in three memory capabilities; 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. It is also 4G capable so that you can use high speed internet.

    For better performance, Amazon has fixed a 1.5GHz dual-core OMAP processor on board the new Kindle Fire. But when compared to the Nexus 7, which has a quad core processor, the Kindle Fire 8.9-inch a slower. Different from its original, the device comes with dual stereo speakers. So you can enjoy videos and music in Dolby Digital Plus stereo sound quality when placed in landscape mode.

    The tablet’s Wi-Fi connectivity is 54 percent better than the Nexus 7’s and 41 percent better than the new iPad’s. It is another great thing that the tablet features a front camera for video calls. The original Kindle Fire was without any camera. Going by price, the Wi-Fi version of Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will go for sale for a price of $299. It is when Apple iPad is available for around $450.

    Low price will again be a major point of attraction with the new Kindle Fire tablets. The previous version of the device could amass up large customers mainly with its low price factor. Going through the new products of Amazon, it looks that the company is again to utilize the factor to win over its competitors. Amazon products have more intense competitors in market this time around than it was a year before.