Earlier today, Amazon unleashed the latest and by far the greatest line of their tablet lines – the Kindle Fire family of Android tablets. Many were looking forward to new surprises such as a new Amazon smartphone or perhaps a whole new line of products but what Amazon gave its fans and consumers in general is a line of amazing tablets with great features and very frieldny pricing if you ask me.
When Amazon released its first Kindle Fire tablet, it was met with a lot of enthusiasm and it generally performed well in the market – so well that Amazon grew to become a threat to some of the most established electronics companies in the market. Amazon has upgraded its tablets from cheap basic tablets targeting casual users and readers to high end larger and high performance tablets for users who want more than just a fancy screen and a cool name.
Amazon released three tablets in the Kindle Fire HD family lineup earlier today – and they are all almost very similar under the hood. This is not necessarily a bad thing, or a good thing for that matter, but it seems to work to the advantage of Amazon already, even before they hit shelves. The new tablets will sport Texas instrument’s OMAP 4 processor which is said to outperform the Tegra 3 processor, dual band WiFi, stereo speakers and high Definition (HD) displays of different resolutions and sizes. All the tablets also come with Bluetooth, front facing HD camera, HDMI out port, laminated touch sensors that are said to reduce screen glare by 25% and 16 or 32 GB onboard memory. The major difference in the three tablets of course is the screen size and resolution.
The Kindle Fire HD – 7-inch Model
Much like the previous Kindle fire 7 inch, this model focuses on affordability and portability. It features a 7 inch IPS display with a high definition resolution of 1280 X 800 and a display density of 315 pixels per inch. According to Amazon, this device’s screen is very readable and perfect for watching videos too.
The only thing is that this version is available in 16 or 32GB onboard memory which is quite good compared to the option of either 8 or 16GB for the Nexus 7 with almost similar specs. In a nutshell, this tablet is a complete package for readers and those who want the tablet for entertainment. Those interested can place orders now for a price of $199 for the 16GB and $249 for the 32GB. Amazon promises to begin shipping on November 20th.
The Kindle Fire HD – 8.9 Inch Model
We knew that Amazon was working on a new tablet (no, I hadn’t guessed they could be 3), but it never occurred to me that they could come up with an 8.9 inch screen, so this came as a sweet surprise. Samsung once tried its hand on an 8.9 inch screen tablet but it didn’t work out so well for them, so they just switched to 10 inch.
Amazon’s 8.9 inch tablet should be a compelling product largely because of the aspect ratio and 1920 X 1200 pixels screen resolution (not the 16:9 Samsung had chosen). This high definition IPS screen offers a display density of 154 pixels per inch and the tablet comes with 16 or 32GB of onboard memory. The price for this 8.9 incher is $299 for the 16GB and $349 for the 32GB. Those who would wish to have one can pre-order now. Just like the 7 incher, Amazon expects to begin shipping this tablet on November 20th.
Kindle Fire HD – 4G
This is Amazon’s only tablet that comes with 4G LTE capability. It is basically the 8.9 inch tablet listed above – in feature and specification, except for the addition of 4G and more storage space (good idea to keep all the stuff users download over 4G) and the price. I tend to think that Amazon did all they could to keep the prices of these tablets down but with the cost of more memory and 4G, it just had to make this version of the Kindle Fire $200 more expensive than the plain version.
There are however bonuses to buying the 4G version including free 250MB cellular data monthly and access to 20GB Amazon Cloud Drive for just $50 a month. The tablet will cost $499 for unsubsidized 32GB device and $599 for the version with 64GB onboard memory. Buyers will probably get better deals from various carriers once the tablet hits the shelves around 20th November.