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Amazon might not be your first choice for your tablet needs, as it doesn’t have the same fashionable appeal as Apple, but they’re showing off some brand new tablets to catch your eye. Many of the tablets that have been released by Amazon before usually get very good reviews. This time, instead of just releasing one tablet, they’ve decided to release a few in order to compete with the rest of the models on the market. They’ve made the decision to cover just about every type of tablet that you would want to own. Everything from the top of the line to the very affordable “economy” tablets. The one that everyone will be watching is definitely their flagship Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

kindle hdxThe updated version of the tablet has a lot more to offer performance wise, or so says Amazon. The tablet still has the same dimensions as its original predecessor. It’s still 8.9 inches and 13.2 ounces, and still smaller and lighter than the iPad Air that many people still swear by. The updated tablet will be housing a brand new Qualcomm quad core Snapdragon 805 processor and a sleek, new Arduino 450 GPU. This will give much better all around performance and even be able to offer “console-quality gaming”, or so says Amazon. The display on the new model is even better than the last time around and still better than the Air as well. The new model will be sporting a 2560×1600 pixel resolution display, and the tablet’s ppi is set at 339. If you’re unfamiliar with that term, it means “pixels per inch”. The Air is only at 2048×1536 pixel resolution and running at 264 ppi. Needless to say, the Kindle Fire beats it in the display department, hands down.

They Didn’t Forget The Software

If you have new technology, you can’t have it without some new software right? Don’t worry, cause Amazon has you covered. The new tablet is working with Android KitKat, but that operating system will eventually move to the mobile OS. This is where the upgrade comes into play. The Fire OS 4.0 will be seeing a host of new features with its update. Tablet users will now be able to access the cloud-based Firefly service that was first released on the Fire Phone. The Firefly service will be able to work with the tablet’s camera in order to identify a large number of items, like movies and TV shows. The tablet will later be able to use a new app called Translation. By opening Firefly, and as long as the internet connection permits, you will be able to point the camera at any text that appears in a different language, and it will translate it right there on the spot. The new software definitely has some sweet little perks to it.

It Wouldn’t Be Complete Without An Additional Keyboard

amazonThat’s right. Following suit with what seems to be the big trend now, the new tablet will also offer a separate additional keyboard. Obviously it won’t come with the new tablet, but it will only be a $60 investment should you want to go that route. The keyboard is only 7 ounces and 4.8 mm thick. The keyboard, however isn’t attachable. It’s actually ran through Bluetooth which could be both good and bad depending on how you look at it. Unless you plan on being extra productive or plan on using it for gaming, there shouldn’t be any real need for the keyboard however. That being said, the trend is big enough for Amazon to take notice and add it to their tablets.

Amazon knows that they’re not exactly on the top of the tablet game, but they’re doing a good job making a nice selection of tablets to cover all of their bases. Even if you like Apple, you can’t help but take notice of Amazon’s efforts.

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 2 Rumors

April 23rd, 2014 | Posted by Jake Nolan in Rental | Tablet - (0 Comments)

kindleAmazon has always been huge in the retail world, but lately it seems like they are dead set on becoming one of the biggest players in the tech world. They have really changed up the entire game with the release of the first Kindle e-reader, the Kindle Fire, and a whole list of other products.

The last Kindle tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, were released in 2013 so we are definitely expecting to see a new version of the tablet in 2014. So far, Amazon has managed to stay very quiet about it’s next Kindle release, so the most we have to go off of is the list of rumors and speculations across the internet. Are they accurate? Who knows, but the fact of the matter is, they are usually pretty accurate…

Kindle Fire HDX 2 release date

There has been no official information about a release date, but much like other major players, Amazon generally keeps a pretty strict schedule when it comes to releasing new products. The Kindle Fire HDX was released in November, and the Kindle Fire HD came out almost exactly a year before that. This means, that we can surely expect to see a new tablet from Amazon some time around October or November of this year. It is a long way away, but we should start hearing some more official news in the not-so-distant future.

Pricing

The price point should be pretty easy to figure out. The main selling point for the Kindle that has always given Amazon a lot of leverage in the market is the fact that they are able to offer a tablet with great specs for a price that isn’t going to break the bank. The 7 inch version of the Kindle Fire HDX was $229, and the 8.9 inch model was $379. Amazon isn’t going to give up their biggest selling point, so you can count on a similar price on the new tablet, assuming they release it in the same sizes and they want to stay competitive.

Display

It is almost certain that the new Kindle will be released in the same sizes, as those sizes are extremely popular. But it wouldn’t be a huge surprise if they released a different size to go along with them. They have the small tablet market covered, and the larger tablet market covered. It would probably be logical to release something somewhere in the middle.

As for display resolution, there will probably be zero difference. Amazon already has a full HD display on their current tablets, so it is hard to upgrade from there unless they were going for a 4K display. 4K wouldn’t make much sense though, considering how much more the tablets would have to cost in order to make that happen.

Processor

A report from 2013 claims that Amazon had ordered a large shipment of MediaTek MT8135 quad-core processors for delivery this year. The Kindle Fire HDX uses a Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. So, if these reports are true, the new Kindle could be lacking slightly in power from it’s previous version, but the MediaTek processors do cost less. The lower cost could mean that Amazon might pass on the savings to it’s customers, and that is good for everyone.

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iPad and iPad mini

The iPad and iPad Mini have done very well for themselves. It seems that when people think of technology, and its future, we continue to think slimmer, smaller, and sleeker. We saw this trend first hand when the iPad Mini first released. It has now become one of the staples to the iPad series. While Apple is still leading the tablet market, there have been many strong competitors show up  over the years and make their mark on the tablet battlefield. Take for example, the multitude of Android tablets and Microsoft tablet/laptop combos like the Surface Pros. Even Kindle came out with a competitor to the iPad Air. Now though, there may in fact be a sleek competitor against the iPad Mini.

The Lenovo ThinkPad 8 may very well be the tablet that can hold its own against Apple’s iPad Mini. During it’s unveiling at the CES event in Las Vegas, many got to view and hold this tiny new powerhouse. It is currently running with Windows 8.1 OS on the Atom mobile CPU. This CPU is the newest that Intel has to offer. It weighs in at less than one pound and includes a SIM card slot. The slot is said to be used for LTE support in other markets, and is currently only available in a Wi-Fi Only mode here in the States. That being said, representatives from Lenovo did say that a mobile broadband option should be coming here to America as well. The ThinkPad 8 also includes a front and rear facing camera, like its competitor, the iPad Mini. The rear camera for the Thinkpad however is an 8MP where as the iPad Mini’s rear-facing camera resolution is set at only 5MP. The front facing camera on the new ThinkPad is comes with a 2MP resolution. The screen on the ThinkPad also surpasses the iPad Mini in size, but not in resolution. With the ThinkPad having a 1920 x 1200 resolution display, it doesn’t quite match up to the iPad Mini’s retina display at 2,048 x 1,536 resolution.

During the showcase, the new tablet was also showing off a new case to accompany the device. Much like the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9’s special Origami case, the new case for the ThinkPad adds some similar functionality to the device. Where as you would slide the case down for the Kindle Fire HDX camera to activate, the new ThinkPad case actually has a corner tab that flips down to reveal and enable the camera on the tablet. Its reminiscent of the SmartCases for the Apple iPads and how the put your device to sleep when covered but activate when uncovered.

The lowest end model for the new ThinkPad 8 sits at $399 with 8GB of RAM and 32GB of storage space. Obviously the more money you spend, the more storage will be getting as it will also be available in 64GB and 128GB models. It is definitely shaping up to hold its own in the tablet wars and seems to be adapting with the markets competitors in terms of casing, processors, and accessories. Now all that is left to see is how its sales numbers will stack up against the iPad Mini’s and how well the new Windows 8.1 OS will work on the tablet.

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