The world’s biggest e-commerce company, Amazon.com has introduced its new high-definition Kindle tablet line-up called “Kindle Fire HDX”, which comes in 7-inch and 8.9-inch display sizes — waaaay cheaper than the equivalent iPad. Premium products at non-premium prices!!!
We’ll get to see if they live up to their promise.
Powered by a 2GHz quad-core processor from Qualcomm, Kindle Fire HDX tablets run on a heavily customized version of Google’s Android operating system – Fire operating system version 3.0 known as “Mojito”.
Among other additions, Mojito brings enterprise-level encryption to the new tablets.
Fire OS 3.0 is Kindle’s new forked version of Android that introduces “hundreds of new and upgrade features, Amazon-exclusive services, platform updates, and more.”
The 8.9-inch HDX will ship December 10, the 7-inch HDX will ship November 14 and the regular Kindle Fire HD will ship October 2.
The 7-inch models starts at $229 (for 16GB) and $329 for an LTE-compatible device.
The 8.9-inch variant costs upwards of $349, or $479 for the LTE-version.
The 7-inch model lacks a rear camera, the 8.9-inch version comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash.
Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said that Amazon is selling these at “roughly break-even” pricing, because the company makes money on its content sales.
Here’s a glance:
– Operating system: Based on Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
– Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2Ghz quad-core processor
– Memory doubled to 2GB of RAM
– also added a “Mayday” button to its Quick Settings menu, letting users connect with a customer service representative via a video feed.
– Brings hundreds of platform updates and exclusive new features, including the Mayday button, X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, 1-Tap Archive, Cloud Collections, Quiet Time, Optimizing Download Manager, and Social Integration with Goodreads and Facebook
– New enterprise and productivity features–including printing, email conversation view, enterprise encryption and mobile device management–BYOD support
Jeff Bezos said: it is “completely unique” and takes advantage of Amazon’s massive cloud computing and customer service infrastructure. It also builds on Amazon.com Inc.’s reputation for excellent customer service.