Amazon releases the next-gen Fire HDX 8.9 tablet with the latest Fire OS 4 Sangria

Amazon today announced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, an upgrade to its current HDX tablet, adding a 2.5 GHz processor while sporting a lighter body and 802.11ac support for faster Wi-Fi connectivity. The new Amazon Fire HDX is now equipped with a quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and enhanced display that offers 339 pixels per inch in sRGB color. It is also Amazon’s first tablet with Dolby Atmos for better sound quality, and an 8 MP rear camera that can shoot 1080p HD videos.

To some extent, this new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is a mix of both old and new. The size, of course, has remained the same, as well as the 2560x1600 resolution, which isn't bad at all, especially when augmented by Dynamic Light Control which adjusts the white point of the display based on surrounding light in order to better mimic the appearance of physical paper. The 2 GB RAM and three storage options of 16, 32 and 64 GB have also remained the same. The most notable changes, however, are where it counts the most. This next gen Fire HDX boasts of the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, a quad-core chip running at 2.5 GHz. And, for the first time, Amazon is putting Dolby Audio inside to make not just reading but also watching and listening an enjoyable experience. And it's not just a plain Dolby either. Dolby Atmos makes its presence felt, which Dolby advertises to deliver the same experience as watching in a theater.

Fire HDX’s 802.11ac support also means faster Wi-Fi at four times the peak bandwidth of the tablet’s predecessor. Battery life remains at 12 hours.

New Fire OS 4 “Sangria”
Fire OS 4 “Sangria” starts with Android and adds a customer-friendly user interface, unlimited cloud storage of Amazon content and photos taken on your Fire device, latest productivity apps, and enhanced platform integrations to seamlessly access the best selection of digital content more than 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and Android apps and games.

Unmatched Entertainment Ecosystem Fire OS 4 integrates our newest services including Prime Music, ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction), and Kindle Unlimited. Second Screen headphone integration lets you watch Amazon Instant Video on a compatible big screen TV with headphones plugged into your tablet so you can enjoy the movie in enhanced Dolby Digital sound.

Built for Gaming Fire tablets are built for the best in gaming with tilt, turn, and multi-touch controls. Customers get a new paid app for free everyday, and enjoy great discounts on popular games and apps. Plus, use Amazon Coins to purchase and save on apps, games, and in-app items. New Fire tablet owners in the US get 500 Amazon Coins—a $5 value.

Content in the Cloud Every Fire tablet includes free unlimited storage in Amazon Cloud Drive for photos taken on the device, plus 5GB of storage for photos and files added to Cloud Drive from other devices.

Starting at $99, Fire tablets feature quad-core processors that more than double the speed and quadruple the graphics performance of previous models. Your apps launch faster and your customers enjoy a smoother and richer experience with better overall performance than ever before. Stunning HD displays and Dolby Audio make your apps and games shine.

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