As has been the case with the last few fall seasons, Amazon has refreshed its Kindle Fire tablet lineup. For 2014 we find the online giant introducing no less than four models including its first designed specifically for children. All four are the first to run Amazon’s latest UI, the Fire OS 4.0 known as Sangria.
Kindle Fire HD
First up is the standard Fire HD model which now comes in both 6-inch and 7-inch versions. Available for $99 and $139, respectively, the tablets will begin shipping in October a variety of color options: black, white, cobalt, magenta, and citron. Powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, other specifications include front and rear facing camera, all-day battery life, and Dolby Digital Plus Audio.
Kindle Fire HDX
The more powerful tablet experience gets even better with the integration of Dolby Atmos which promises to be “twice as loud as the iPad Air”. What’s more, the tablet improves on the Wi-Fi front and is now compatible with 802.11ac MIMO. The 2.5GHz quad-core processor keeps things humming; the battery is able to withstand 12 hours of usage. Another key feature is the Dynamic Light Control, a custom touch that changes the white point based on ambient lighting in the environment. Due later this year, it aims to more closely resemble a piece of paper.
Kindle Fire HD Kids Edition
For the first Amazon has introduced a new product which is aimed expressly for children. The tablet will come in both 6-inch and 7-inch versions and include 2-year “worry-free” warranty. Further, the tablets come with one-year of Amazon FreeTime Unlimited, an all-in-one subscription of books, movies, TV shows, educational apps, and games.
“Kids break things, so we added a 2-year, no-questions-asked, worry-free guarantee”
No slouch, the Kids Edition features an HD display, quad-core processor, and a pair of cameras. Shipping in October, the 6-inch version is $149 while the 7-inch carries a $189 price tag.