Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is now confirmed. At least two models are confirmed – Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 4G.
Update: There will also be 10″ Kindle Fire HD models.
Here are our initial thoughts. More as Amazon confirms details in its Press Conference.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – What we Know
- Price – $299. Ships November 20th. That’s really, really late. $299 is the price for the 16 GB model.
- Amazon has gone with an 8.9″ screen size.
- Double Antennas.
- HD = 1920 by 1200. 254 pixels per inch.
- Amazon talks about how it laminated the LCD and touch sensor together to reduce glare by 25% (relative to iPad 3).
- Processor = TI OMAP 4470.
- Graphics Processor = Imagination SGX544. Supposedly better than Tegra 3.
- High Memory Bandwidth. Not sure what this means.
- Dual Stereo Speakers and Dolby Digital Plus.
- 11 hours of Battery Life.
- Dual Band WiFi.
- It seems ALL Kindle Fire HD tablets come with Special Offers. Perhaps there’s an option to turn them off. This is NOT a good move.
- WiFi is 41% faster than iPad 3. Dual Antennas and Multiple In/Multiple Out (MIMO Technology). It also uses two bands – 2.4 GHz and 5 Ghz.
- Starts at 16 GB memory. Also available in 32 GB and 64 GB.
- Touch Sensor is laminated – 25% less glare. Sharper, clearer, better contrast.
- There are at least two models – a normal Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ and a 4G capable Kindle Fire HD 8.9″.
- Dimensions – 8.8 mm thick. 20 ounces weight.
- 254 ppi screen.
- The existing Kindle Fire will be called Kindle Fire SD. That is the existing 7″ one.
- Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ is very interesting – It fits in right between 7″ and 10″ tablets.
- Features – Immersion Reading, Skype and HD front facing camera, WhisperSync for Games, custom Facebook Application, some sort of Parental Settings for how long kids can play (Kindle FreeTime).
You can also read up The Verge’s thoughts on Kindle Fire HD 8.9″.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ – It’s very, very impressive.
Amazon has definitely delivered with the new Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9″. Dropping Kindle Fire 2 to $159 is also a great move.
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ details are available at Amazon.