News by Andrew Kameka on Thursday September 06, 2012.
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Kindle Fire HD
Kindle Fire HD
In addition to announcing an improved follow-up to its Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon is also releasing a bigger and better tablet known as the Kindle Fire HD. The Kindle Fire HD features an 8.9-inch screen with 1920x1200 resolution, delivering a high-quality 254ppi display. The HD theme continues as the tablet also has an HD front-facing camera for video chat and picture taking. The Kindle Fire HD also upgrades the internal specifications of the device. The tablet has a dual-core TI OMAP processor, 16GB of internal storage, dual-band 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz Wi-Fi, dual stereo speakers, MIMO radio technology, Bluetooth, and HDMI out.
Amazon will release three versions of the Kindle Fire HD, which is now accepting pre-orders ahead of November 20th shipping date. All three models will have the same features with the exception of screen size and connectivity. A 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will cost $199, the 8.9-inch model will cost $299, and an 8.9-inch model with 4G LTE connectivity will sell for $499. Why buy the LTE model? Well, for $49.99 per year, users will get 250MB of data per month, 20GB of cloud storage, and a $10 Amazon credit.
The Android-powered Kindle Fire HD tablet also features a number of new features built specifically for Amazon's ecosystem, including:
- WhisperSync, a feature that can save progress in audiobooks, games, and other media, allowing users to save their place when switching from one device to the next. It also allows bimodal reading for users to read and listen to books in sync.
- X-ray, a feature that can use IMDb data to identify actors in a movie or television episode and reveal more credits and information on that person.
- Facebook, an app for the popular social network that was designed specifically for the Kindle Fire
- Skype, which allows for HD video calling to other mobile or desktop users.
- Kindle FreeTime, which allows parents to limit how much time their child can spend in certain activities (watching videos, using apps, reading books) and adjust settings for each activity. It also supports multiple profiles so families who share a Kindle Fire can have more control.
Andrew is MobileBurn.com's managing editor. He is based in Miami, Florida.