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Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 First Look (video)

The flagship of the Amazon Kindle product line, The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 has amazing display, great viewing angles, solid build, respectable specs and relatively decent pricing.  Starting at a relatively inexpensive $299.00 (16GB) and up to $599 for a 64 GB 4G LTE Wireless version, these devices are priced well to sell in high quantities.

While we weren’t able to get our hands on this version, the demo we were shown by Amazon executives was enough to whet our appetite. Seriously, it was like waiting in line for Santa Claus, except it wasn’t Santa Claus, but a guy in a blazer with tablets, with a line of bloggers and journalists waiting their turn at looking at the device. NO TOUCHING!

Don’t worry, we’ve got one on its way to TechnoBuffalo HQ and we’ll get our unboxing, hands-on and review of the HD 8.9 for you as soon as we can.  For now here are some specs:

Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Tech Specs

  • 8.9″ HD LCD display
  • 1920×1200 120o, 1080p HD (compare to 7″ Kindle Fire HD: 1280×800, 720p HD)
  • Dolby Audio dual stereo speakers
  • Dual-band (2.4 and 5.0 GHz), dual-antenna Wi-Fi.
  • 4G LTE option (with a $49.99 data plan option)
  • 16, 32, 64 GB variations (Wi-Fi only: 16 and 32 GB; 4G LTE: 32 and 64 GB) + cloud storage
  • 20 oz.
  • Dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4470 processor

Despite running the Amazonian version of Android, it ran fairly well without the lag we’ve seen in the previous Kindle Fire.  Amazon claims they’re not losing money on these devices, but it is priced relatively low for a near 9-inch display.  Is it worth the $299-$599 price tag?

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Roy Choi

Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...Roy Choi is a Southern California native. He has been infatuated with technology reviews ever since he bought his first crummy laptop in the summer...


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