Amazon has surprised everyone by launching a new set of Kindle Fire tablets. While we had a good idea new hardware was coming, we were expecting an event where they would be shown off, but instead the company announced them on its U.S. website.
There are three new models, a revised Kindle Fire HD and two Kindle Fire HDX tablets. The entry-level Fire HD has a 7-inch screen with a 1280×800 pixel resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor and a choice of either 8GB or 16GB of storage. The real story is its new price, as in the U.S. it’s just $140.
Amazon’s new Fire HDX tablets are both powered by quad-core, 2.2GHz processors (which sound like the Snapdragon 800, although it’s not confirmed), and as with the outgoing range, one has a 7-inch screen and the other a larger 8.9-inch display. The 7-inch model has a 1920×1200 pixel resolution, just like the new Nexus 7, and the 8.9-inch Fire HDX has a massive 2560×1600 pixels.
Both come with a choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB of storage, dual stereo speakers, dual-band Wi-Fi, and the chance to buy a 4G version. The 7-inch Wi-Fi model is $230 and the 8.9-inch Fire HDX is $380. The two HDX tablets also have a Mayday button, a free 24-hour helpline that puts you in touch with a real person, who can take you through any problems with the tablet.
These are all impressive releases from Amazon, but at the moment there’s no word on an international release, and none of the tablets show up on Amazon’s UK site just yet. They’re all set to go on sale on 2 October in America, so we should hear more soon.