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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.

Source: Amazon



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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:
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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.


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