Just over a year ago Amazon took their first steps in the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. At the time, the device was one of the premier Android tablets, and still remains competitive in the market today. A year on and Amazon have announced the follow up to the original tablet, the Kindle Fire HD. Here are the details you need to know.
Size and dimensions
The Kindle Fire HD will be available in both 7″ and 8.9″ sizes, with the former coming to the UK. As you can tell by the name, the new Fire will run on a HD screen, alongside a 1280×800 resolution. The display has been altered from the original Kindle Fire to improve viewing angles and give off a lot less glare. The 7″ model weighs in at a slim 395 grams, and is only 10.3mm thick. This makes the tablet one of the thinnest, and lightest, we’ve ever seen.
Battery, processor and storage
There’s a lot of power underneath the Kindle Fire HD’s shell, and the OMAP4470 processor should be on par with the powerful Tegra 3 processor found in other tablets. The battery has also seen an upgrade from the original, with Amazon boasting an 11 hour battery life for the device when using it for basic browsing and games. People wanting to view HD content on the Fire HD will see the tablet’s battery life drain a whole lot quicker. If you’re a keen media hoarder, then you’ll be happy to know that the Kindle Fire HD will come in both 16GB and 32GB variants. On top of this, users will have access to Amazon’s storage service, Amazon Cloud.
User interface and features
As was the case with the original Fire, the Fire HD will run a heavily skinned version of Android. This means you’ll still find the same Android functionality, and the same amount of apps (more on this later), but with Amazon’s own UI throughout. The tablet comes with a HD front facing camera, that has an integrated Skype app built in, making video calls a lot smoother to complete. If you’re wanting to get snap happy with the new HD camera, then you’ll want to take advantage of the pre-loaded Amazon Appstore. Although it doesn’t include the number of apps as the Play Store manages, it still has 50,000 various applications for you to download. You’ll also find an improved Kindle section, to make reading on that daily commute a lot better than before.
Price and availability
If what you’ve read has already got you grinning ear to ear, then you’ll be even happier to know that the Kindle Fire HD will definitely be shipping to the UK. Price wise, the 16GB version of the Kindle Fire HD can be pre-ordered for £159, with the 32GB version available for £199. Both versions will be available from October 25th.
Other things to know
A few extra things you may have missed:
- The tablet will include two WiFi antennas which smartly selects the antenna with the stronger signal.
- It’ll include Whispersync that syncs all your books together.
- There are two Dolby-powered speakers on the side of the Fire HD.