Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets announced

A day after slashing prices of the Kindle Fire HD tablet, Amazon today announced its next generation of tablets – the Kindle Fire HDX – that takes a leaf out of Apple’s playbook by being thinner, lighter and faster than the previous generation. The Kindle Fire HDX will also come in 7-inch and 8.9-inch variants and will feature a higher resolution display and faster 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. Amazon claims the 8.9-inch HDX is 34 percent lighter than the previous generation.

With the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Amazon is also introducing Fire OS 3.0 ‘Mojito’ that adds new features and provides smoother performance. One of the major gripes with the previous generation Kindle Fire HD was that the UI stuttered during regular usage, something that should be taken care of in the new OS.

Kindle Fire HDX 7 specifications – The Kindle Fire HDX 7 sports a 7-inch 1920×1200 pixels (323ppi) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 GPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, front-facing HD camera and dual stereo speakers with Dolby audio. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and prices start from $229 in the US. Amazon is yet to announce India pricing and availability.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 specifications – The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 sports an 8.9-inch 2560×1600 pixels (339ppi) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 GPU, dual-band Wi-Fi, front-facing HD camera, 8-megapixel rear camera and dual stereo speakers with Dolby audio. It is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants and prices start from $379 in the US. Amazon is yet to announce India pricing and availability.

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