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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Release date, price and specs

Amazon takes on Nexus 7, iPad mini and Tesco Hudl with Kindle Fire HDX tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablets

Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX tablet range has arrived in the UK in time for Christmas starting with the 7in model which is now on sale. Here's all the Kindle Fire HDX release date, price and specification details you need. Updated on 13/11/13.

See also: Kindle Fire HDX review - hands on with Amazon's smart new 7in and 9in tablets.

We've been expecting new Kindle Fire tablets from Amazon for a while and they have been unveiled. The Kindle Fire HDX range will take on the Google Nexus 7, iPad mini and Tesco Hudl among others.

"It's been just two years since we introduced the first Kindle Fire, and the team is innovating at an unbelievable speed," said Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. "2.2 GHz processor, 339 ppi display, new 34% 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." 

A lot of the details we have at the moment are US specific so we'll update this article when we get UK details.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Release date

Kindle Fire HDX 7

The 7 in Kindle Fire HDX is now available in the UK with the 4G models set to start shipping on 27 November. The latter is available to pre-order.

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 will come a little later than its smaller brother on 19 November with 4G versions arriving on 13 December. You can pre-order these models now.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX tablet

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Price

Both are available to pre-order now, in US. Here's a table of pricing with conversions which we'll update when we get wind of UK pricing.

Note: Prices are 'with special offers', add £10 to the price to remove special offers.

Storage

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

16 GB Wi-Fi only

£199

£329

32 GB Wi-Fi only

£229

£369

64 GB Wi-Fi only

£259

£409

16 GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£269

£399

32 GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£299

£439

64 GB Wi-Fi + 4G

£329

£479

Amazon has dropped the price of its Kindle Fire HD to £119, matching the Tesco Hudl.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX: Specs

The Kindle Fire HDX range is the third generation of Amazon's tablets and come in either 7 in or 8.9 in models. The devices feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors, double the memory (2 GB), up to 11 hours of battery life and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio.

The Kindle Fire HDX matches the Nexus 7 in screen size and resolution – 7 in and 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi). And the 8.9 in edition has an even higher resolution of 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi). The latter is 34 percent lighter than its predecessor, according to Amazon.

All the tablets come with Fire OS 3.0 'mojito', the latest version of Amazon's heavily customised Android operating system. This brings "hundreds of new and upgraded features, Amazon-exclusive services, platform updates" according to the firm. It includes a 'Mayday button' for online support.

See the full specifications for both HDX models and the new Kindle Fire HD.

 

Kindle Fire HD (2013)

Kindle Fire HDX

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Screen Size

7 in

7 in

8.9 in

Resolution

1280 x 800 (216 ppi)

1920 x 1200 (323 ppi)

2560 x 1600 (339 ppi)

Processor

Dual-Core 1.5 GHz

Quad-Core 2.2 GHz (Snapdragon 800)

Quad-Core 2.2 GHz (Snapdragon 800)

Battery Life

10 hours mixed use

11 hours mixed use
17 hours when reading

12 hours mixed use
18 hours when reading

Audio

Dolby Audio,
Dual Stereo Speakers

Dolby Audio,
Dual Stereo Speakers

Dolby Audio,
Dual Stereo Speakers

Wi-Fi

Dual band Wi-Fi

Dual band, dual antenna
(MIMO) Wi-Fi

Dual band, dual antenna
(MIMO) Wi-Fi

4G

None

Optional

Optional

Camera

None

Front-facing HD camera

Front-facing HD camera +
8 MP rear-facing camera

Storage

8 or 16GB

16, 32, or 64 GB

16, 32, or 64 GB

Dimensions

191 x 128 x 10.6 mm

186 x 128 x 9.0 mm

231 x 158 x 7.8 mm

Weight

345 grams

Wi-Fi—303 grams
4G—311 grams

Wi-Fi— 374 grams
4G—384 grams

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