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ONLINE RETAIL GIANT Amazon refreshed its tablet lineup with the launch of the Kindle Fire HDX on Wednesday, a higher specification yet cheaper Kindle Fire HD replacement.
Amazon will sell 7in and 8.9in models of the Kindle Fire HDX, both of which will have quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 330 graphics, 11 hours of battery life and support for 4G LTE, with the tablets set to launch on AT&T and Verizon in the US.
There's also a front-facing HD camera on both tablets, while the 8.9in model also comes with an 8MP rear-facing camera capable of shooting HD 1080p video. Both tablets will run Google's Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system too, although this has been customised with Amazon's custom user interface.
As you probably have already guessed, the 7in model will be the more affordable of the two, featuring 1920x1200 resolution compared to the 8.9in model's 2560x1600 resolution that gives the Nexus 7 a run for its money.
Amazon will introduce some new software features on its Kindle Fire HDX tablets too. Chief among these is Fire OS 3.0, codenamed Mojito. This will give the tablets new features such as business focused productivity apps, X-Ray Music, improved social networking integration and a new Mayday button, which offers remote support for new tablet users.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said, "It's been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed.
"2.2GHz processor, 339ppi display, new 34 percent lighter design, Fire OS 3.0, and new exclusive features like the Mayday button, X-Ray for Music, Second Screen and Prime Instant Video downloads. We've worked hard to pack this much hardware, innovation, and customer obsession into these prices."
Along with its new Kindle Fire HDX tablets, Amazon also introduced a cheaper Kindle Fire HD, which features a slimmer and lighter design, despite its $139 price.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7in and 8.9 in tablets will fetch $229 and $379, respectively, and the 4G models are a bit more expensive at $329 and $479. There's no word on a UK release yet. µ
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