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15 Compelling Specs and MAJOR Upgrades from Kindle Fire HD to HDX

  1. Unparalleled display

    1. High Resolution – Beyond standard (1080p) HD

      • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX: 1920 X 1200 pixels (upgraded from 1280 X 800 pixels)
      • 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX: 2560 X 1600 pixels (upgraded from 1920 X 1200 pixels)
      • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX: 323 pixels per inch (ppi) (upgraded from 216 ppi)
      • 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX: 339 ppi (upgraded from 254 ppi)
    2. Perfect Color Accuracy: 100% sRGB (standard Red Green Blue) for displaying vivid lifelike images and videos exactly as the photo/videographer intended
    3. Dynamic image contrast: the ambient light sensor senses the amount of light in your surroundings and automatically optimizes the color of each pixel making images and videos even easier to see in any lighting conditions, including outdoors. However, for SUPER SUNNY conditions we recommend this display. This is a first for a tablet!
    4. TRUE HD screen – the 1920 X 1200 (of the 7″ Fire HDX) and 2560 X 1600 (of the 8.9″ Fire HDX) displays are 16:10 displays which are perfect for newest 16:9 HD movies. In contrast, the iPad Mini has a 4:3 display on which 16:9 HD content hets Letterboxed with a 1024 X 576 resolution. This is far from HD and is very close to SD (Standard Definition) video. True HD viewing requires a display with a minimum resolution of 1280 X 720.
    5. Anti-glare screen – this has been accomplished by eliminating the air gap between the LCD screen and the touch sensor on top of it. Together with the “Dynamic Image Contrast” feature, the anti-glare screen helps counteract the bright sunlight when using it outside. However, if you want a 100% glare-free high-resolution display, this is what you want.Amazon Kindle Fire HDX vs Apple iPad Mini vs Google Nexus 7 resolution pixel density Comparison

  2. Overall Improved Performance (2X, 3X and 4X) – faster app launches, faster website load times, smoother multi-tasking, better gaming experience etc.

    1. 2X the RAM: 2GB RAM in the Kindle Fire HDX compared to the 1GB RAM on the 2012 HD
    2. 3X the performance: this is mainly thanks to the 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 QUAD-CORE processor (upgraded from 1.2 GHz Texas Instruments OMAP DUAL-core processor on the 7″ KFHD and 1.5 GHz processor on the 8.9″ KFHD). This is a first for a tablet! The Kindle Fire HDX is the first 7″ tablet to clock 2 GHz to-date.
    3. 4X the graphics power: this is thanks to the the Adreno 330 GPU. Provides console-quality graphics
    4. Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean – upgraded from Android 2.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (of course it’s not the stock version of Android but a heavily customized version) Ref 1, Ref 2, Ref 3, Ref 4, Ref 5, Ref 6, Ref 7, Ref 8, Ref 9, Ref 10

  3. Mayday – Revolutionary Tech Support

    • Another first for a tablet…. actually a first for ANYTHING!
    • No product is a good product without proper after-sales support
    • FREE Live tech support within 15 secs of requesting help
    • 24X7 365 day support
    • Are they being a little too ambitious by offering this service? Can Amazon manage this? If they do, this will revolutionize how tech support works for everything else!
    • Did we mention that it’s free?

  4. Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito” – new operating system of the KF HDX
    • Based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
    • Many new features added such as
      • Carousal and Grid view – the previous versions only had the carousal on the homepage of the Kindle Fire HD, now you have the option of using a grid view as well
      • Quick Switch – go between multiple apps using a swipe gesture without having to navigate to the homepage
      • Printing support – print documents, photos, calendars, PDFs, emails etc. directly from your KF HDX
      • Second screen – with this feature, you can just fling movies, TV shows etc. from the HDX to a large-screen TV
      • Accessibility features – Screen Reader ( IVONA’s award-winning natural language text-to-speech voice), Explore by Touch, and Screen Magnifier
      • More Special features of Fire OS 3.0 Here
  5. Weight “loss” – 8.9″ HDX is the lightest tablet in this size range

    • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX: 10.7 oz (303 grams) for the WiFi only version and 11.0 oz (311 grams) for the 4G version
    • 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX: 13.2 oz (374 grams) for the WiFi only version and 13.5 oz (384 grams) for the 4G version. That’s 34% lighter than the previous generation 8.9″ Fire HD. That’s extremely light for a device of this size. A device that will be used for e-book reading needs to be light enough that you can hold it in one hand for a long time. This is the lightest weight tablet in the market for this size range.
  6. Battery life
    • 7″ Kindle Fire HDX:
      • 11 hours of mixed activity: e.g. mix of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, listening to music, playing games etc.
      • 17 hours of reading: when you’re using it for reading, the Fire HDX automatically powers down unused system components and extend the battery life
    • 8.9″ Kindle Fire HDX:
      • 12 hours of mixed activity
      • 18 hours of reading
  7. The sounds
    • Dolby Digital Plus audio and virtual 5.1 multi-channel surround sound
    • Automatically optimizes the audio profile based on what you’re doing: e.g. watching movies, listening to audio, talking on Skype etc.
  8. Enterprise support for the business user
    • The previous version was mainly for content consumption. But with the HDX, the Kindle Fire has many features for the business user
    • VPN services
    • Kerberos authentication
    • Remote device management
    • Enterprise email with on-device encryption, threaded messaging support and label management
    • Direct printing from the HDX
    • Improved email, calendar, and document-editing apps
    • Take notes, scan documents, prepare invoices, and remote desktop from your tablet and many more…
  9. Cameras – 3 options
    1. No camera model: this is the $139 model why spend extra on a camera if you don’t need one?
    2. Front camera only: this model and this model
    3. Both Front and Rear (8MP) cameras: this model and this model. None of the 2012 models had a rear camera. I personally don’t have a use for the rear camera as I don’t intend on carrying a tablet computer for the purpose of taking photographs. I would imagine that most of us that own tablet computers own a smartphone with a decent rear camera making the rear camera of the tablet computer obsolete!
  10. 4G for 7″ Kindle Fire HDX

  11. Cheaper basic version – A KF to suit all budgets
  12. Videos are now Downloadable – watch later without Wi Fi

    • With the 2012 models, if you wanted to watch a movie from Amazon Prime, your only option was live streaming. You had to connect to the internet via built-in WiFi or via 4G LTE.
    • But with the Fire HDX models, you can simply download them to your Fire HDX while you’re connected to WiFi, then watch them later even if you’re not connected to the internet. e.g. like when you’re on a plane!
  13. 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models available

    • With the 2012 models, the only storage options were 16GB and 32GB
    • But with the Fire HDX models, there is an additional 64GB model – this is especially important now that the videos are downloadable!

    Kindle Fire HDX vs Google Nexus 7 vs Apple iPad Mini Price Comparison

  14. Ultra-fast Wi-Fi
    • Kindle Fire HD is the world’s first tablet with dual-band, dual-antenna Wi Fi.
    • Fast Wi-Fi means less video buffering, faster downloads, fewer dropped connections, faster media streaming and you’ll be able to go further from your wireless hotspot than with other tablets
  15. HUGE content ecosystem to feed your tablet


What are you waiting for? Pick the Kindle Fire HD/HDX of your choice below

Kindle Fire HDX 7″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9″ – 18 Versions Depending on Storage, Wi-Fi only, AT&T 4G LTE/Verizon 4G LTE etc. Kindle Fire HD 7″ – 2 Versions Available
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