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Kindle Fire HD 7"
Kindle Fire HD features 8.9" IPS display with 1920x1200 resolution

As the only company that has released a tablet that has managed to take a dent out of Apple's iPad sales (the Kindle Fire accounts for 22% of U.S. tablet sales), many people are looking forward to seeing what Amazon's next generation Kindle Fire has in store. The first generation Kindle Fire made a splash with a $199 price point and 7" form-factor, but Amazon is looking to expand the lineup’s appeal with second generation the devices.
 
The first up is a refreshed 7" model. It keeps the same look as the original, but includes a faster processor and twice the RAM. In addition, the price has been slashed from $199 to $159. It's hard to argue with faster performance and a cheaper price tag.
 
But the big announcement is the Kindle Fire HD. This new tablet is available with a 7" (1280x800) or 8.9" IPS display (1920x1200). The 8.9" Kindle Fire HD is only 8.8mm thick and weighs just 1.25 pounds. Powering the Kindle Fire HD is a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor.
 
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos even took at a dig at the Apple iPad by announcing that the Kindle Fire HD comes with dual stereo speakers that feature Dolby Digital Plus technology. The Kindle Fire HD also includes dual Wi-Fi antennas an MIMO compared to a single Wi-Fi antenna on the iPad and Nexus 7. Bezos says this allows its Kindle Fire HD tablets to outperform all competitors in Wi-Fi bandwidth tests.

Kindle Fire HD 8.9" showing "FreeTime"

Another interesting feature that Amazon is introducing with the Kindle Fire HD is FreeTime. FreeTime allows a parents to setup profiles on the device so that children will only have access to "kid-friendly" content while the grownups can still have access to entire spectrum of content. The profiles will also allow parents to limit how much time their child plays on the device.
 
The Kindle Fire HD will be available with 16GB of storage capacity and also includes HDMI out and Bluetooth. The 7" model will be priced at $199 (ships September 14) while the 8.9" model rings in at $299 (ships November 20).

Amazon also announced one additional member to the Kindle Fire HD family. The  Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G model is priced at $499, includes 32GB of storage, and comes with an amazing data package. For just $49.99/year, you get 250MB of bandwidth per month, 20GB of cloud storage space, and a $10 in Appstore credit. Can you say game changer?

The Kindle Fire HD LTE 4G will ship on November 20.
 
For those that prefer Amazon's more traditional line of e-readers, the company also today announced the Kindle Paperwhite. The Kindle Paperwhite features a higher resolution screen with 212 ppi (62 percent more pixels than previous model) that offers whiter whites and blacker blacks.


Kindle Paperwhite
 
The capacitive touch screen device is 9.1mm thick, weighs just 7.5 ounces, and had an 8-week battery life. It costs $119 and will ship on October 1. The Kindle Paperwhite 3G will also ship on October 1 for $179.
 
Even further done the e-reader ladder is the standard "Kindle". Amazon has updated the Kindle to include new fonts and crisper text, and has dropped the price from $79 to $69. It will ship on September 14.

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Kindle Fire HD LTE
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/6/2012 3:04:55 PM , Rating: 2
$499 for the 32GB LTE model is the real kicker for me.

$49/year for data service? Sign me up!




RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By tayb on 9/6/2012 3:12:28 PM , Rating: 2
For real. $49/year for data? GTFO. My fiance was on a trip this summer and I paid Verizon $35 to sign up and $30/month for 2GB of data of which she barely used 500MB. $50/year is crazy and the tablet itself looks pretty awesome. Wow!


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By Mystickal on 9/6/2012 3:18:32 PM , Rating: 3
I don't know - 250mb/month is not a lot of bandwidth. If you download 1 full resolution HD movie you're going to blow through that cap within the first 10-20 minutes


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 3:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
True, but if you are downloading full HD movies on cellular broadband you are going to kill almost any data plan. Do that on Wifi. Most people use a very tiny bit of thier 2gb plans. 250mb a month for $49 a year is a great price.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By mcnabney on 9/7/2012 10:56:44 AM , Rating: 2
It depends on whose LTE you are getting.

AT&T has a much much smaller LTE footprint than Verizon.

If it is Sprint - forget about it. Sprint has about a dozen small markets with LTE. And they don't even do those markets well. In Sprint's home city of Kansas City, they only cover half of the metro area (city+suburbs, I'm not counting rural areas).


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By tayb on 9/6/2012 3:24:32 PM , Rating: 2
250MB is not much but it is enough to get from hot-spot to hot-spot. Most places have free wifi, you just have to use it!


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By lightfoot on 9/6/2012 3:26:44 PM , Rating: 2
But you're only paying $4.17 per month!

If you MUST download full HD movies, try to find a WiFi signal.

Otherwise 250 MB is plenty for emails and basic web surfing.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By kleinma on 9/6/2012 3:59:04 PM , Rating: 2
Is there actually any mention of who's 4G LTE coverage this thing is going to work on? That makes a pretty big difference depending on where you live, and it would also be interesting to know if it is backwards compatible to older cell data tech like 3g when 4g is not available, which is still that case in many areas.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By lightfoot on 9/6/2012 4:26:21 PM , Rating: 2
If I remember correctly Amazon's Whispernet uses Sprint's network in the U.S. I would assume the data for this is through the same network.

According to Amazon.com:
quote:
Unlike some 4G devices, Kindle Fire HD includes support for 10 bands, so even when you're in a place with no 4G LTE network you'll fall back to the fastest available network and won't lose coverage.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By nafhan on 9/6/2012 8:59:19 PM , Rating: 2
Another factor in support of Sprint being the provider is that Sprint just opened it's network to MVNO's (announced within the past week I think). Essentially, Amazon's an MVNO, at this point, too.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 4:40:22 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, more subscription options would be good. 250MB a month really isn't very much, but then again $50 a year is an insanely good price. Maybe another price tier to bring it up to 1GB a month, then we're talking.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By TakinYourPoints on 9/6/2012 6:02:14 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, if you're just using it for email and light browsing, maybe download a couple books, it is awesome. Obviously it isn't good for streaming content, but whatever, $50 a year has to have a downside. The price is amazing.

On that note, cell carriers should start offering lower data plans. I use about 1.5GB a month, but not everyone needs that.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By nafhan on 9/6/2012 9:18:29 PM , Rating: 2
We did the 150MB a month plan on Verizon (when they offered it), and it was adequate. Email is fine. Maps are fine. Most surfing is fine (especially if there's no Flash). Obviously avoid streaming anything and large downloads, but you also need to avoid picture heavy websites (i.e. no icanhascheezeburger, flickr, etc.). It's very doable and not that big of a problem - especially if you've normally got wifi at your destinations.

Also, the way Amazon has their music stuff set up helps minimize the need for streaming music, at least if your music is in Amazon's cloud.

Carriers have started offering lower data plans, by the way. I can now get 1GB of shared data on Verizon instead 2GB + 2GB. The downside is that it's the same price... :(


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 3:15:07 PM , Rating: 3
"$499 for the 32GB LTE model is the real kicker for me."

The 7 inch 1920x1200 IPS screen for $199 gives me wood. That is an amazing deal.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By tayb on 9/6/2012 3:17:32 PM , Rating: 2
Does the 7" model actually have that resolution? It doesn't sound like it does but the wording isn't conclusive.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 3:27:01 PM , Rating: 2
" This new tablet is available with a 7" or 8.9" IPS display (1920x1200)"

Sounds pretty straight to me. Other sites are saying the same thing... Unless Amazon has been really tricky with the announcement, but I doubt that, even the 7 inch is called "HD"


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By tayb on 9/6/2012 3:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
Most sites are mum on the resolution of the 7". The DPI numbers Amazon touted were for the 8.9" model. That same 1920x1200 screen on a 7" would provide a significantly higher DPI, approximately 323. That is crazy high and seems like something that Amazon would have mentioned.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By retrospooty on 9/6/2012 4:03:34 PM , Rating: 3
Doh... Bubble burst.

So, the The 8.9 inch 1920x1200 IPS screen for $299 gives me wood. It's just not quite as good of a deal, and not quite as woody. LOL

Still pretty good though.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By EnzoFX on 9/6/2012 3:42:29 PM , Rating: 2
Actually I can read that another way. The 8.9 is 1920x1200 because it doesn't say they both do, it only has the parentheses after the 8.9, as opposed to both, or explicitly saying on both. =P Just saying it can be read this way, though I don't think it'd be the best way to state it.

As far as both being HD, we all know marketing has created "HD" as well as "Full HD", and while Amazon is not really differentiating, the 7" could very well be 1280x800ish and still be HD, no? 720P is technically HD too.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By Brandon Hill (blog) on 9/6/2012 3:44:12 PM , Rating: 2
The 7" HD is 1280x800. Amazon didn't make this clear during the presentation. However, it's confirmed in the PR:

http://phx.corporate-ir.net/phoenix.zhtml?c=176060...


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By theapparition on 9/6/2012 7:01:11 PM , Rating: 2
Not for me.

Yes, the hardware and data plan sound nice, but now couple that with a hacked version of Android and only access to Amazon's market.

Now, I'll change my opinion if you can install CM10 (or other JellyBean ROM) and still get that data access. That would be a winner.


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By Reclaimer77 on 9/6/2012 7:20:40 PM , Rating: 2
lol if you could do that, what would be in it for Amazon to offer a tablet at-cost?


RE: Kindle Fire HD LTE
By theapparition on 9/7/2012 11:47:25 AM , Rating: 2
Ok then, but why also do I want a limited tablet that only has access to it's closed ecosystem?

Apple already offers that and I'm not interested in them for almost the same reasons. Actually, it's slightly worse. I can at least install the Nook reader app on the iPad and read those purchases. Can't do that on a stock Kindle.

I already have a modded Kindle Fire for one of the kids, and a modded Nook Color for another. Have a Nexus 7, iPad3 and Transformer Prime and Infinity. I think the hardware is great, the price is great and the data access is great. But unless its fully functional and not a hacked, locked in mess, then no thanks from me.


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