Amazon on Thursday unveiled its updated portfolio of Android tablets in the United States, which will start shipping in October. The new tablet portfolio includes Fire HD 6, Fire HD 7, Fire HD Kids Edition as well as upgraded Fire HDX 8.9 tablets. Last year’s 7-inch Fire HDX tablet will remain available but the hardware has been left untouched. With the latest additions, Amazon currently has a total of five Android tablets in its Fire line-up.
Starting with the upgraded Fire HDX 8.9, the tablet is now powered by Qualcomm’s top of the line Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor and runs on Fire OS 4 “Sangria,” which is a brand-new version of the company’s AOSP-based operating system.
Among other features, the Fire HDX 8.9 will come with an 8.9-inch 2560x1600p display, 8MP rear camera, and 720p HD front camera. The design is same as the last-generation.
“The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation into the new Fire HDX—an exclusive HDX display, a powerful quad-core processor, a 70% faster graphics engine, exceptional audio with Dolby Atmos, and the fastest Wi-Fi—and it’s still startlingly light,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO.
“Fire HDX combines best-in-class hardware with exclusive features and services from Fire OS 4 including Firefly, the Mayday button, Family Library, ASAP, and more,” added Bezos.
Coming to the new Fire HD 6 and 7 tablets, which are powered by an unspecified quad-core processor and pack 2MP rear camera, HD display, VGA front camera, 8 or 16GB of internal storage and Wi-Fi support. Like HDX 8.9, the Fire HD tablets also run on Fire OS 4.
Lastly, the Fire HD Kids Edition, which is basically a tweaked version of the Fire HD 6 or Fire HD 7 tablet. It packs the same specs as the Fire HD tablets but comes with a kid-proof case, 2-years warranty, and 1 Year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
Pricing and availability
All of Amazon’s new or upgraded tablets are now available for pre-order in the United States. The Fire HD 6 and 7 tablets will start shipping on October 2, while the Kids Edition and upgraded HDX 8.9 will reach the consumers on October 21. Select colour options of these tablet might have a longer shipping time.
Amazon Fire HD 6: Starts $99, to be released in Black, Magenta, White, Citron and Cobalt colours
Amazon Fire HD 7: Starts $139, to be released in Black, Magenta, White, Citron and Cobalt colours
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9: Starts $379, to be released in Black colour
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 LTE: Starts $529, to be released in Black colour
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition (6-inch): $149, to be released in Blue, Green and Pink
Amazon Fire HD Kids Edition (7-inch): $189, to be released in Blue, Green and Pink