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
The 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
That’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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