Posted Thu Sep 18, 2014 at 09:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
The upcoming 8.9-inch tablet offers new features, faster performance, and the latest audio technology from Dolby.
Amazon has announced the release of the new Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. The upgraded device offers several improvements over its predecessor, including a faster processor and a new OS.
"The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation into the new Fire HDX—an exclusive HDX display, a powerful quad-core processor, a 70% faster graphics engine, exceptional audio with Dolby Atmos, and the fastest Wi-Fi—and it’s still startlingly light," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "Fire HDX combines best-in-class hardware with exclusive features and services from Fire OS 4 including Firefly, the Mayday button, Family Library, ASAP, and more."
The Fire HDX 8.9 features an 8.9-inch HDX display with a resolution of 2560x1600 and 339ppi. In addition, the screen now includes a Dynamic Light Control option which is geared toward making digital book pages look more like real paper under different lighting conditions. Under the hood, the tablet is powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and an Adreno 420 GPU running the company's latest Fire OS 4 "Sangria." The updated OS also includes support for several new features like Firefly for printed text and QR code identification, and ASAP for automatic buffering of your favorite media. An 8MP rear camera and a 720p front camera are included as well. Finally, the HDX 8.9 is the first tablet to integrate Dolby Atmos mobile tech, which promises multidimensional sound from above and around with any headphones, clear dialogue, volume maximizing without distortion, and a volume consistency option. For more details on Dolby's Atmos tech for tablets, click here.
Amazon's Fire HDX 8.9 is now available for pre-order at $379. The tablet will start shipping on October 21.
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