First Apple came with their retina display being introduced through their iPod, iPhone, iPad, and even their MacBook devices with a crystal clear screen and amazing pixel density. Now, Amazon is looking to make a splash with their Kindle Fire HDX. With a stunning exclusive HDX display that will go beyond HD with exceptional pixel density (323 ppi for 7”, 339 ppi for 8.9”), perfect 100% color clarity, reduced glare, dynamic image contrast, and improved brightness for the best viewing experience possible. The new inclusions to the line include a 7 and 8.9 inch display with a quad core 2.2 GHz processor with 3 times the processing power. It will also have twice the memory, 11 hours of battery life and dual speakers with Dolby Digital Plus Audio. The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 inch model will be shockingly light at 13.2 ounces (34% lighter than the last generation), and will feature a helpful Mayday function delivering a revolutionary level of tech support.
This device will be powered by the latest version of Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito” with hundreds of new upgraded features, platform updates, and Amazon Exclusive services like X-Ray for music, Cloud Collections, Goodreads and much more. New enterprise features including hardware and software-encryption, Kerberos Intranet, secure Wi-Fi connections, VPN integration, and wireless printing. Both HDX 7” and 8.9” available with ultra-fast 4G LTE wireless. Available on the AT&T network, and for the first time on the Verizon Wireless network. Front-facing HD camera makes it easy to stay in touch with Skype, plus a new 8 megapixel wide- aperture rear-facing camera on the 8.9” Fire HDX offers crisp photos and 1080p HD video. Deep integration with the world’s best content ecosystem—over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines. The new Adreno 330 graphics engine on Kindle Fire HDX delivers 4x the graphics performance of the previous generation Kindle Fire HD. This combination of a new graphics engine, HDX display, quad-core processor, and 2x the memory creates a more immersive, high-frame rate HD gaming experience.
For those having trouble with their device, Amazon also announced a nifty new tech support service called “Mayday”. Simply tap the Mayday button in Quick Settings, and an Amazon expert will appear on your Fire HDX and can co-pilot you through any feature by drawing on your screen, walking you through how to do something yourself, or doing it for you—whatever works best. 15 seconds or less is the Mayday response time goal. Mayday is available 24×7, 365 days a year, and it’s free
The newest of the Kindle Fire family will be offering the best selection of digital content—over 27 million movies, TV shows, songs, apps, games, books, audiobooks and magazines—including hundreds of thousands of exclusives:
- Over 150,000 movies and TV episodes—stream or download, purchase or rent.
- Tens of thousands of popular movies and TV episodes are available at no additional cost for Prime members with Prime Instant Video, the exclusive subscription streaming home to shows like Downton Abbey, Under the Dome, Justified, Dora the Explorer, Blues Clues and many more.
- The most popular apps and games. Apps are tested for the Amazon Appstore and Kindle Fire.
- Millions of songs—stream, download, and store purchases for free in the cloud for access anytime, anywhere.
- Hundreds of magazines and newspapers.
- Millions of books, including hundreds of thousands of titles that are exclusive to the Kindle Store. Over a million titles are$4.99 or less, over 1.7 million are $9.99 or less.
- Over 400,000 titles available for Prime members who own a Kindle to borrow for free as part of Kindle Owners’ Lending Library.
- Over 150,000 professionally-narrated audiobook titles, with free samples to listen to before buying.
“It’s been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “2.2 GHz processor, 339 ppi display, new 34% lighter design, Fire OS 3.0, and new exclusive features like the Mayday button, X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, and Prime Instant Video downloads. We’ve worked hard to pack this much hardware, innovation, and customer obsession into these prices.”
The 7” Kindle Fire HDX is $229. It’s available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/hdx-7 and it will begin shipping October 18. The 4G version is $329—you can pre-order today to reserve your place in line at www.amazon.com/4g-hdx-7 and it will begin shipping November 14.
The 8.9” Kindle Fire HDX is $379. It’s available for pre-order starting today at www.amazon.com/hdx and it will begin shipping on November 7. The 4G version is $479—you can pre-order today to reserve your place in line at www.amazon.com/4g-hdx and it will begin shipping December 10.
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