Amazon expands its Kindle Fire line with the new Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet for users to enjoy content offered by Amazon such as movies, TV shows, songs, books and magazines. As the follow-up to the original Kindle Fire, the new HD model gets a higher resolution 7-inch IPS touchscreen display with 1280×800 resolution, Advanced True Wide polarizing filter and custom laminated touch sensor. The screen supports 10-point multitouch, an improvement from 2-point on the Kindle Fire.
The Kindle Fire HD is powered by a 1.2Ghz dual-core OMAP4460 processor. It features a front-facing camera for Skype video chat and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio for optimized sound. The tablet features dual-band, dual-antenna, MIMO WiFi connectivity to provide 40% faster download speeds, and Bluetooth connectivity. There is micro HDMI output for you to share media content on a big screen HDTV. You can expect up to 11 hours of battery life.
Running a custom system based on Android 4.0, the Kindle Fire HD includes new Amazon-exclusive features, X-Ray for Books, X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, Whispersync for Voice and Kindle FreeTime for kids. Of course, you can also find the cloud-accelerated Amazon Silk browser and new Email and Calendar apps with Microsoft Exchange integration. It also has deep Facebook integration connect, share, and play with friends and family easily.
The 16GB Kindle Fire HD is priced at $199 and the 32GB model costs $249, making the tablet a real threat to Google’s Nexus 7. Amazon will ship the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD on 14 September and you can pre-order now. At the same time, Amazon also updates the original Kindle Fire with a faster processor for 40% faster performance, twice the memory and longer battery life. Yet the price has been lowered to $159.