Amazon announced the Kindle Fire HDX back in September. At that time we learned this model would be available in a 7-inch and an 8.9-inch variety. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 began shipping back in mid-October and as of today, the 8.9-inch model is shipping. That said, given these had been previously announced and available for pre-order, the details may sound familiar for some.
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is priced from $379 (for the 16GB model). There is also a 32GB and 64GB model available and those are priced at $429 and $479 respectively. Those prices are for the WiFi only model with special offers. You can also opt to ditch the special offers for an additional $15 extra. Amazon also has a 4G LTE model coming for Verizon Wireless and AT&T, however those are still in the pre-order phase with a shipping date of December 10th.
Aside from the internal storage, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has a display resolution of 2560 x 1600 with a PPI of 339. The tablet is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor and has Adreno 330 graphics and 2GB of RAM. Users can also expect a 720o capable front-facing camera for video chatting and an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1080pHD video recording. Aside from using the front-facing camera for video calls with friends and family, Amazon also has Mayday.
Mayday is a feature first introduced with these tablets and provides on-device tech support. While Mayday is limited to the Kindle Fire HDX at the moment, it does mean you can get free support direct from Amazon. And better yet, the support is available 24 x 7 and 365 days a year. Another highlight of the Kindle Fire HDX is the weight. Or in this case, the lack of.
Amazon has this listed as weighing in at 13.2 ounces, which is said to be 34 percent lighter as compared to the previous generation. Bottom line here, if you have been waiting for the 8.9-inch model of the Kindle Fire HDX to begin shipping, your wait has come to an end. Well, that is unless you want the LTE model. And otherwise, the Kindle Fire HDX 7-inch remains available and priced from $229.