In a bit of a surprising move – we can’t recall the last time that a tech company’s plans legitimately surprised us – Amazon has just unveiled a new set of tablets. These new Amazon tablets include refreshes for the Kindle Fire HDX line and more.
Let’s start off with the Fire HDX. First off, as you may have noticed, the “Kindle” branding has been dropped from the name. Moving on to the product itself, you’ll get a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, an 8.9-inch display with a 339 ppi pixel density, Dolby Atmos audio, and an 8MP rear camera. This ships with the latest version of Amazon’s Fire OS, known as “Sangria,” which adds hundreds of new features to the Android-forked OS including Profiles (multi-user) and Firefly.
Moving along, there’s also a new Fire HD. This comes in 6 and 7-inch screen sizes – $99 and $139 respectively – and is thus what looks to be a pretty good value. There’s a high-def display with 252 ppi on the 6-incher, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, front and rear cameras, and Sangria comes with this device as well.
Finally, there’s a new Fire HD Kids Edition. The main selling point here is the two-year, no questions asked warranty: if your child breaks the tablet, you can rest easy, knowing Amazon will replace it for free. There’s a year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited included, and has similar specs to the Fire HD. This one retails for $149 or $189, depending on whether you grab the 6-inch or 7-inch model.
All of these tablets are available for pre-order on Amazon’s website, linked below.