Amazon Announces Family Of Kindle Fire HD Devices

Amazon Kindle Fire HD has announced the new Kindle Fire HD family of devices.  Now $199 gets you a 7″ tablet with a stunning HD display.  It also has WiFI, Dolby audio, a powerful processor, 16GB storage, and a graphics engine.

For $299 you can get an Amazon Kindle Fire HD with an 8.9″ large-screen 1920×1200 HD display with 254 ppi and a powerful OMAP4 4470 processor and graphics engine.

If you want a tablet with an 8.9″ high end large-screen HD tablet, 32GB storage, and 4G LTE wireless connection, it will cost $499.  The 4G LTE data package from Amazon costs $49.99 per month for one year as an introductory price.

$499 now gets you the same high-end large-screen HD tablet, 32 GB of storage, plus ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless powered by the latest generation 4G chipset, and Amazon’s groundbreaking $49.99 one year 4G LTE data package—customers save hundreds of dollars in the first year compared to other 4G tablets.

“We’re taking on the most popular price point for a tablet, $499, but doubling the storage and incredibly, adding ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless,” stated Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO. “Kindle Fire HD is not only the most-advanced hardware, it’s also a service. When combined with our enormous content ecosystem, unmatched cross-platform interoperability and standard-setting customer service, we hope people will agree that Kindle Fire HD is the best high-end tablet anywhere, at any price.”

The 8.9″ display on the Kindle Fire HD has 254 pixels per inch with a resolution of 1920×1200.  The 7″ Kindle Fire HD has an HD display of 1280×800 resolution.  The Kindle Fire HD uses Gorilla Glass.  The Kindle Fire HD uses in-plane switching (IPS) to enhance color reproduction.

The 7″ Kindle Fire HD is optimized for a long battery life.  The battery on the 7″ Kindle Fire HD delivers over 11 hours of battery life.

The Kindle Fire HD supports Bluetooth.  This allows customers to connect their wireless Bluetooth headphones or speakers to listen to songs, videos, or audiobooks.

In terms of a front-facing camera, the Kindle Fire HD, Skype has created a customized app tailored for the Kindle Fire HD that is ready to use out of the box for free HD video calls at home.

X-Ray For Books is a feature that makes it easier for customers to learn about the content they love by exploring the “bones of the book.”  Using a single tap, readers can see all of the passages across a book that mentions ideas, historical figures, fictional characters, place, or topics that interest them.  There are also detailed descriptions from Wikipedia and Shelfari.

X-Ray for Movies is a feature that makes it possible to look up any actor in the scene or movie to find out what other movies they have been in without leaving the page.  X-Ray for Movies uses IMDb, an Amazon property that receives over 160 million monthly unique visitors worldwide.

X-Ray for Textbooks is a feature that lets you find the most important information for students.  X-Ray for Textbooks integrates the glossary of a textbook directly into each textbook page and finds data that is relevant for each page from YouTube and Wikipedia.

Immersion Reading lets customers fuse together printed text and professionally-narrated audiobooks.  This gives readers the ability to experience their reading with two senses – sight and sound.  As the reader looks at the text on their books, text is highlighted as it is professionally narrated.

Whispersync for Voice lets customers synchronize their Kindle books with professionally narrated audiobooks.  Customers can start reading a book on the Kindle Fire and switch it to an audiobook.  They can also pick up exactly where they left off.

Whispersync for Games lets customers switch devices or delete and re-install the game on the same device.  Normally they would have to start a level over or go back to the beginning of the game.  Amazon extended Whispersync technology to gaming with Whispersync for Games.  Whispersync for Games syncs a customer’s place in the game and saves unlocked levels.

Kindle FreeTime gives parents a way to personalize their children’s digital media experience.  Parents will never have to worry about what type of content their kids will access.  Parents can select all of the content their kids can see and kids cannot exit FreeTime without a password.  Videos and games can be limited.


This article was written by Amit Chowdhry. You can follow me at @amitchowdhry or on Google+ at
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