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The Kindle Fire HD From Amazon

Posted on September 6, 2012 at 3:38 pm by Justin Cavender

Amazon just announced their new tablet, the Kindle Fire HD. Available in three different versions, customers have the option of  purchasing the 8.9″ 4G ($499), 8.9″ wifi ($299), or the 7″ ($199). These prices reflect the 16GB storage capacity. Customers may also choose a 32GB version of each tablet.

All three versions of the Kindle Fire HD tablet are available for pre-order on amazon.com. The 7″ 16GB tablet will be available first with a street date of September 14, 2012, followed by the 32GB version on October 25, 2012. All other versions are expected to ship on November 20, 2012.

The Kindle Fire HD 8.9″

Technical Specs

  • Display- 8.9″ 10 point capacitive touch high definition color display; 1920×1200 resolution at 254 ppi, video playback up to 1080p, advanced polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology
  • Size – 9.4″ x 6.4″ x 0.35″ (240 mm x 164 mm x 8.8 mm)
  • Weight – 20 ounces (567 grams)
  • Storage – 16 GB or 32 GB of internal memory
  • Wi-Fi – Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO). 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 connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers
  • Audio – 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine. Stereo Bluetooth (A2DP) support for streaming audio to compatible headphones and speakers
  • Supported Formats – Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)

Powerful innovations such as X-Ray and Whispersync, give users the ability to maximize their content with ease.

X-Ray for Movies

Explore favorite characters and actors at a touch. Kindle Fire HD uses the power of IMDb to bring Amazon’s exclusive X-Ray service to movies. Simply tap on any scene to instantly see which actors are currently on screen, jump straight to other movies in which they star, and more.

X-Ray for Books

Tap on any page as you read to access X-Ray, an easy way to uncover more from the books you love. Instantly find chapters and locations that mention ideas, characters, and important places, as well as background info, biographies, and more from Shelfari and Wikipedia.

X-Ray for Textbooks

We know there are things you’d rather be doing than studying, so we’ve created X-Ray for Textbooks to help you learn more while studying less. Want more information about a topic? With a single tap, you can find all related pages in the textbook as well as have instant access to the glossary and related content on sites like Wikipedia and YouTube.

Experience Immersion Reading

With Immersion Reading, the Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Almost 15,000 Kindle books and 15,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you don’t have to put a good book down, even if you’re cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off.

Whispersync for Movies

Start streaming a movie on Kindle Fire HD, pause, then resume watching straight from the same scene on your TV. Whispersync remembers your last scene watched across all your apps and devices, so you can avoid the frustration of having to find your spot.

Whispersync for Books

Kindle Fire HD uses Amazon’s Whispersync technology to automatically sync your library, last page read, bookmarks, notes, and highlights across all your devices. With Kindle reading apps available for phones, tablets, PCs, and Macs, you can keep the story going wherever you are.

Whispersync for Games

GameCircle titles with Whispersync automatically store your progress in the cloud, so you’ll never lose an unlocked level or saved game, even if you delete the game from your device.

Currently, there are several tablets on the market. Each one has their own little niche, and many folks out there can argue the pros and cons of each one. At the moment, I’m hard pressed to find anything wrong with this tablet. I’m eager to get my hands on it for a detailed review. I guess I’ll just have to wait until November for this 8.9″ beast. Until then, please visit Amazon for more information about the Kindle Fire HD.

What do you think of Amazon’s new tablet? Are you going to get one? Let us know in the comments below.

 

You can follow Justin on Twitter @edgyarmo

    • Got 2 Buy

      WOW! This tablet looks amazing. I'm with Justin, I can't wait to get my hands on this bad boy.

    • Tyler

      I have a Nexus 7 and I think it's the perfect machine, but if I didn't already have that I'd be looking pretty hard at this… and I'm interested to see how 8.9" works out, I hate 10.1" and have found 7" to be the sweet spot so far, but that could be even better

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