Amazon has announced a follow-up to the Kindle Fire line that feature a number of improvements from the screen to the hardware under the hood. Aptly called the Kindle Fire HD, the new series will come in two different versions that include a 7 and 8.9-incher, as well as a 4G LTE variant of the 8.9-inch slate.
True to its name, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will feature a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200 (for a sharp density of 254ppi) as well as a polarizing filter that gives you less glare, more sharpness and contrast, as well as more colors across all angles. The smaller 7-inch version comes with a lesser resolution of 1280 x 800, but sports the same screen features.
The Kindle Fire HD runs on a TI OMAP 4470 chip, a processor that Amazon claims to can outperform NVIDIA’s Tegra 3, as well as Wi-fi connectivity with MIMO tech. For audio, the Kindle fire HD will rock a pair of speakers and feature Dolby Digital Plus. Other standard features include 16GB of built-in storage, HDMI-out, and Bluetooth.
The 8.9-inch model will also be available with 32GB of storage and support for 4G LTE wireless. A data plan costs $50 per year, and comes with 250MB per month, 20GB of cloud storage, and $10 credit from the Amazon App Store.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD costs $199 and be available on September 14th, while the 8.9-inch model will follow later this year in November starting at $300 for the Wi-fi 16GB version. The 32GB version with 4G LTE will sell for $500.
The original 7-inch Kindle Fire will also be updated with a faster (by 40 percent) processor more RAM and a longer battery life. This updated version will also be out on the 14th for $160.