Amazon Fire tablets refreshed with new HD and HDX models

It’s Kindle-no-more as Amazon drops the name from its range of Fire tablets, updating all three models with faster processors and new colour options.

Called the Amazon Fire HD. the range comprises two tablets with screens of six and seven inches, each available in five different colours - black, white, citron, magenta and cobalt.

The tablets both have a screen resolution of 1280 x 800 producing pixel densities of 252 and 216 per inch for the six and seven inch models respectively. They’re both powered by quad-core 1.5GHz processors, have front and rear cameras.

Both come with either 8GB or 16GB of storage and both run Amazon’s new OS 4 Sangria software, which is a so-called ‘forked’ version of Google’s Android mobile operating system. Battery life for both models is claimed to be around eight hours of mixed use, although of course this will vary depending on what you use them for.

Prices start at just £79 for the 8GB Fire HD 6; a £10 supplement removes the ‘special offers’ which are adverts that appear on the lock screen when you wake the device. A boost to 16GB of storage takes the price to £99 and £109 without adverts.

The Fire HD 7 starts at £119 and runs up to £149 for the ad-free 16GB model. The two tablets can be pre-ordered now, and go on sale on 2 October.

New Fire HDX is 'fastest ever' Amazon tablet

Finally, Amazon has announced a new version of the 8.9-inch Fire HDX. Said to be the company’s most powerful tablet yet, the HDX 8.9 has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 and a pixel density of 339 per inch. It’s powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 2GB of RAM, and can be bought with 16, 32 or 64GB of storage.

Prices start from £329 for the 16GB model with Wi-Fi and adverts, and run up to £489 for the 64GB model with Wi-Fi, 4G and adverts removed.

The new HDX 8.9 goes on sale on 4 November, but can be pre-ordered now.


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