Late last month, Amazon introduced the new Kindle Fire HDX. The upgraded tablet is the first major product change since the introduction of the Kindle Fire over two years ago.
The original Kindle Fire was the first truly inexpensive and portable mini tablet provided by a major manufacturer. However, the Android-based tablet was considered to be heavy and lacking in responsiveness. Nevertheless, the first Kindle Fire tablet proved to be a popular product and performed well for Amazon as a major product line.
The new Kindle Fire HDX looks to be a significant upgrade over the first Kindle Fires. The Fire HDX is significantly faster, looks more stylish, and comes equipped with interesting new features like the MayDay button and a new screen sharing system.
Kindle Fire HDX Highlights
The first thing to notice about the new Kindle Fire HDX is the upgraded screen. The HDX is manufactured with a high-resolution (1920x1200) display with a higher pixel density (323 ppi). This gives the new screen over 2 million pixels, which allows for a higher quality of HD viewing.
The HDX screen is also equipped with a dynamic image contrast system that reacts to the light in its surroundings. This provides for the best image possible in most light conditions, including outdoors.
One of the new features of the Kindle Fire HDX is the Mayday button. This new screen-selectable item will allow for rapid access to live customer support. The customer service representatives will be able to draw on the customer's screen increasing the ability of the support specialist to quickly lead users to a solution.
The new Kindle Fire HDX also receives a significant processor upgrade with the introduction of a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800. This new processor will increase processing speeds by more than 3x over previous generations of Kindle Fires. Combines this with the 2GB of included RAM and the HDX will have faster launching applications, faster website load times, and much increased performance.
One of the more frustrating aspects of the previous version of the Kindle Fire was the limited battery life. The Kindle Fire HDX claims to rectify this problem with new, advanced power management tools. Amazon lists the new maximum battery life at up to 11 hours.
- Display: 7" HDX touchscreen display, with 1920x1200 resolution at 323 ppi, 100% sRGB color accuracy, video playback up to 1080p, max brightness over 400 nits, Dynamic Image Contrast, reduced glare, and advanced polarizing filter
- Size: 7.3" x 5.0" x 0.35" (186 mm x 128 mm x 9.0 mm)
- Weight: Wi-Fi—10.7 ounces (303 grams); 4G LTE + Wi-Fi—11.0 ounces (311 grams)
- Actual size and weight may vary by configuration and manufacturing process
- CPU & RAM: 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM
- Storage: 16GB (10.9GB available to user) or 32GB (25.1GB available to user), or 64 GB (53.7GB available to user) of internal storage
- Battery Life: Up to 11 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Up to 17 hours of battery life when only reading. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content.
- Charge Time: Fully charges in under 6 hours using the micro-USB power adapter included in the box, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have
- Wi-Fi Connectivity: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO+HT40) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
- Ports: USB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to charge your device with the included power adapter
- Audio: 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio engine
- Location Services: Location-based services via Wi-Fi. 4G model also uses assisted-GPS
- Additional Features External volume controls, front-facing 720p HD camera, built-in dual microphone, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, headsets, and speakers
- System Requirements: Kindle Fire HDX is ready to use right out of the box—no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
- Warranty and Service: 1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately.