Kindle Fire HDX 7, 8.9 really come with Snapdragon 800, budget prices

Google’s Nexus 7 is about to face some fierce competition as Amazon has unveiled its next Generation tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX series. The new lineup comprises of a 7-inch and an 8.9-inch slate, both carrying beefier specifications compared to that of their predecessors and a new platform dubbed Fire OS 3.0 Mojito which is based on Android.

As previous rumors have suggested, the Kindle Fire HDX series is indeed powered by a quad core Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.2GHz. Accompanying the high performance CPU is 2GB of RAM for better responsiveness.

Kindle Fire HDX 7

The new slates are entertainment focused and Amazon has equipped them with dual stereo speakers powered by Dolby Digital Plus sound for a rich experience. There’s an HD camera on the front of both devices and storage options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. Apart from Wi-Fi connectivity, the tablets will offer optional 4G LTE support. The 7-inch model measures 186mm x 128mm x 9mm and it weighs 311 grams.

It proffers a 1920 x 1200p display with 323ppi pixel density and up to 11 hours of battery on mixed usage. The larger model, on the other hand, features a 2560 x 1600p touchscreen and 339ppi. It also delivers an 8MP rear camera, and around 12 hours of activity on a single charge. The device weighs 384 grams and is 7.8mm thick.

The Kindle Fire HDX slates are available for pre-order through the company’s website. The 7-inch model starts at $229 with special offers or $244 without sponsored content, while the 4G LTE versions are priced at $329 and $344, respectively. The Wi-Fi-only 8.9-inch model is initially priced at $379 with special offers or $394 without ads. For the one with cellular connectivity, you’ll have to shell out a minimum of $479. LTE options are available for AT&T and Verizon networks only.