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Amazon updates Fire tablet range, introduces new Fire OS 4 Sangria

Apart from launching the Kindle Voyage and Kindle with touch, Amazon today also updated its range of Fire tablets running on forked Android platform. The online retail giant has not only updated its e

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Apart from launching the Kindle Voyage and Kindle with touch, Amazon today also updated its range of Fire tablets running on forked Android platform. The online retail giant has not only updated its existing Fire tablets but has also introduced a new tablet for kids, which it promises to replace if it breaks. The updated Fire HD and HDX range tablets now have faster processors, better displays and new rear and front cameras. All these tablets are set to run on a new Fire OS 4 ‘Sangria’.

New Fire HDX tablet
The all-new Fire HDX tablet with 8.9-inch HDX display with pixel density of 339 ppi, as compared to last year’s Fire HD 8.9-incher which had a pixel density of only 254 ppi. It weighs only 389 gms while the HD version weighed a hefty 567 grams. The Fire HDX has a 2.5GHz quad-core processor instead of the 1.5Ghz dual-core processor on the old Fire HD. The new device has a 8-megapixel rear camera and an HD front-facing camera. The Fire HD only had a HD front-facing camera. Connectivity options include 4G and Wi-Fi. The device comes with 16GB, 32GB and 64GB options, unlike the Fire HD which did not have the 64GB storage option. Amazon claims that the battery of Fire HDX supports up to 12 hours of reading, while the Fire HD supported only 10 hours of reading. The device also has the Dolby Atmos technology which promises loud and immersive audio that is twice as loud as the iPad Air. The Amazon Fire HDX tablet is available for pre-order for $379 and will be shipped on October 21 in the US.

New Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7 tablets
Expanding its Fire HD range, the device is now available in both the new 6-inch ($99) and 7-inch ($139) models. The devices come in a range of color options. It runs on a 1.5GHz quad-core processor and is said to be 2x faster and over 3x better graphics performance than the previous generation Fire HD. They have a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera. Amazon claims that the new devices have high-definition displays and are crisper than that of the previous Fire HD, which was available only in a 7-inch model. Both the tablet variants are available for pre-order and will be shipped on October 2 in the US.

New Kids Edition tablets
The Kindle Fire HD 6 and HD 7 each come in new “Kids Edition” options, which cost $149 and $189, respectively. The Fire HD Kids Editions comes with a year of free access to FreeTime, an existing app that features 5,000 pieces of kid-friendly content and lets parents set limits on screen time and content. All the other features are similar to the ‘adult’ Fire HD 6 and 7. The Kids Edition tablets will be shipped on October 21in the US.

New Fire OS 4 Sangria
Both the Fire HD and HDX models will run the new Fire OS 4 Sangria, Amazon’s operating system that is built on Android KitKat. It includes a slew of new features like Advanced Streaming and Prediction (ASAP), which predicts the movies and TV episodes you’ll want to watch and starts them instantly; Smart Suspend, which develops a device-specific profile for when the tablet is typically not in use and proactively turns wireless off and on to deliver up to 25 percent more standby battery life; Family Library, so you can share your apps, games, audio books, books with other members of your household, and free unlimited storage in Cloud Drive for photos taken on any Fire tablet.

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  • Published Date: September 18, 2014 3:02 PM IST
  • Updated Date: September 18, 2014 4:17 PM IST