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Amazon Introduces Kindle HDX Tablets, Upgrades Kindle Fire HD

by Sean P. Aune | September 25, 2013September 25, 2013 6:00 am PDT

Amazon unveiled its latest tablets today, the Kindle Fire HDX, along with an update to the basic Kindle Fire.

Without much fanfare or warning, Amazon introduced its latest models of the Kindle tablet line in the middle of the night.  In total, three new models  and updates were introduced: Kindle Fire HD, Kindle Fire HDX and Kindle Fire HDX 8.9.

The Basic Kindle Fire HD is truly an introductory tablet available in 8 and 16GB configurations with a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, a 7-inch screen at 1280×800, dual-band Wi-Fi and is lacking a camera or cellular options. Pricing on this model starts at $139 for the 8GB version, and the 16GB option sells for $169. If you wish to forego the special offers advertising it will cost you an additional $25 for either version. The Kindle Fire HD will begin shipping on Oct. 2.

The Kindle Fire HDX line is where the real excitement happens with a 16GB Wi-Fi model – with special offers – selling for $229, but for that money you’ll be enjoying a 2.2GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and a Adreno 330 GPU. For the price, it is definitely sounding like a superb tablet. There are numerous options up to 64GB, and cellular versions for both AT&T and Verizon as well as the ability to remove the special offers. However, that will only cost you an additional $15 on these models. This model is expected to begin shipping on Oct. 18.

Finally, the new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 will have a 2560×1600 display and weighs 34 percent less than the previous generation clocking in at only 13.2 ounces. Both the 7-inch HDX and 8.9 versions feature the dual band, dual antenna MIMO Wi-Fi set ups that Amazon introduced last year for better reception. You can expect to see the updated larger tablet shipping on Nov. 7.

Amazon appears to have gone all out this year and still managed to keep its prices down. While it’s doubtful the Kindles can ever catch up with the iPad in sales, Amazon is definitely making a run at being a big player in the Android tablet market.

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...