Amazon announces 7" and 8.9" Kindle Fire HD tablets

Amazon announces 7″ and 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD tablets

Amazon has announced two new tablets for its Kindle Fire series: a 7-inch and an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. Let’s find out what these devices have to offer.

The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD has a 1920×1200 large screen IPS display at 254 ppi. It has dual-core 1.5GHz TI OMAP4 4470 processors, front-facing HD camera, dual speakers, HDMI out and dual band MIMO technology for faster WiFi connectivity.


Prices starts at $299 for the 16GB version. 32GB and 64GB variants are also available. No 8GB versions here as Amazon considered it “not enough” for an HD tablet. There’s also a 4G LTE version with 32GB of storage but exclusive to AT&T’s network. Costs $499 if you need to know.

The smaller 7-inch Kindle Fire HD has almost the same specs as its 8.9-inch brother except for the processor which is a dual-core 1.2GHz TI OMAP4 4460 and screen resolution which goes down to 1280×800, same resolution as the Nexus 7. Amazon claims 11 hours of battery life from this model. Prices starts at $199 for the 16GB model.

The Kindle Fire HD is running Amazon’s version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will start shipping units on November 20.

This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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18 Responses

  1. lhois says:

    $199 for 16GB of the 7″? Really? if true then i’ll root for this instead of the Nexus 7.

  2. Elmo says:

    It’s a shame we can’t send gadgets through balikbayan boxes from the states here in the Philippines anymore. Gray markets charge an arm and a leg for these types of items here.

  3. vhangell says:

    bakit naman hinde? may nakakalusot pa din…

  4. John says:

    Lol no thanks. Look at that bezel. Ugly as fuck. Nexus > shit

  5. Richard says:

    8.9″ na 1920×1200 resolution? Looks doubtful kasi sobrang daming pixels at a small screen parang Acer Iconia A700 yan, pangit ang screen kasi hindi sufficient ang lighting.

    Nexus 7 nalang ako, hirap na lalo pag nasira kasi walang warranty.

  6. Gerard says:

    The great thing about this announcement is that it adds even more pressure for tablet manufacturers to compete harder on value per $. Thumbs up to Amazon for enforcing this bracket of tablets. Overall, it’s the consumers that win huge.

    Hopefully, this affects the ultra-book economy as well, the 5-7 hour capacity becomes less and less attractive compared to tablets.

  7. Jen says:

    Helo. I’d like to ask if you could transfer files directly from The computer to your kindle through a usb port. Is it detected as a removable drive? Thank you!

  8. Patrick says:

    This would be great if Amazon Prime is available here in PH.

  9. Christopher says:

    According to this – Kindle Fire HD products do not have GPS or Gyroscope which are quite a necessity nowadays. It is okay if it does not have NFC.


    • unggoy says:

      bakit necessity ang gyroscope?

    • Christopher says:

      They can tell where they are geographically, sense proximity, sense linear orientation of the phone to auto rotate your photos, determine your rotation. For e-reading, the embedded gyroscope provides smooth and accurate response (versus accelerometers) to dynamic changes in portrait/landscape orientation regardless of whether a user lays sideways on the couch or holds the tablet upside down in bed.

    • Gerard says:

      Just checked the link, there is a gyroscope. Also checked review on The Verge, it does have accelerometer, gyroscope, light sensor.

      It does not have GPS, personally, it serves no purpose for me.

  10. Kevin says:

    It might be cheap but it’s Ad-supported.I mean lots of them. I hate ads popping up in any device.

  11. Cling says:

    Any idea how Kindle Fire HD will be used in the Philippines?

    Can we access Amazon Prime? I would like to watch movies from there.

    And will there be a disabler of auto-correct already?

    Please help. Thanks.

  12. daniel says:

    what will i choose? this or kindle fire hd?

  13. Zenix fone says:

    I believe this is to compete against Apple iPad mini, the most feirce competition, and Nexus 7 sells well too. Finally Android tablet will lead the tablet PC industry.

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