The latest in the Amazon Kindle Fire series of Android-based tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, has started shipping from today. If you pre-ordered one, look for it in your mailbox during the next few days. If you did not, chances are that you hadn’t heard of this piece of slate before. For the uninitiated, Amazon’s new Kindle HDX series is a replacement for Kindle HD series of tablets. As in the case of Kindle HD, HDX also comes in 7″ and 8.9″ flavors. The older Kindle Fire HDs are still up on offer at reduced prices.
Starting at $379, HDX 8.9 will arrive in stock for general availability from 15th November. The tablet will be available in 16GB ($379), 32GB ($429) and 64GB ($479) capacities, for the Wi-Fi-only model. Add to each an extra $100 for a 4G variant. Oddly enough, HDX comes loaded with “special offers”, the price for removing which is an additional $15. So much for crapware! In Amazon’s own words, “Special Offers and Sponsored Screensavers display on Kindle Fire tablet lock screens and do not appear while you are using the device.”
The thing comes with an update version of Fire OS, Amazon’s customized Android OS. Fire OS 3.0 brings with it a slew of new features.
Feature highlights of this device go as:
- A 8.9″ display with a resolution of 2560×1600
- The thing weighs 13.2oz, 34% lighter than the previous generation
- 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU
- Adreno 330 GPU
- 2 GB RAM
- 8MP rear-facing camera with LED flash
- “Mayday” button for on-device tech support
- Fire OS 3.0
Detailed technical specifications can be found here.