Kindle Fire HD x 3 and Upgraded Kindle Fire 1 for $159

8.9 Kindle Fire HD

Amazon has decided to release not one but three new Kindle Fire HD tablets (six if you count the different storage options). That’s in addition to the two new E Ink Kindles and an updated version of the original Kindle Fire.

The revamped Kindle Fire 1 is now only $159. It’s mostly the same as the original but offers 40% faster performance thanks to a new faster processor and double the RAM. It also boasts longer battery life, now up to 9 hours for reading.

The new $159 Kindle Fire is up for pre-order right now and is expected to start shipping on September 14th.

Now onto the HD Kindle Fires. There are three models, each with two options for internal storage space. One has a 7" screen with a resolution of 1280 x 800 and the other two have 8.9" screens. One of the 8.9" versions is a high-end model called the Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE. As the name implies, it comes with 4G wireless. It also comes with 32GB or 64GB of storage space and the other models without 4G come with 16GB or 32GB of storage space.

Both 8.9" Kindle Fire HD tablets have a screen resolution of 1920 x 1200. That’s 254 pixels per inch! HD indeed. The HD tablets boast a micro-HDMI port, Bluetooth, 25% less screen glare, a front-facing HD camera, Dolby Audio dual-driver stereo speakers, and dual-band/dual-antenna (MIMO) 5GHz Wi-Fi.

The 7" HD model has a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and offers up to 11 hours of battery life. The 8.9" models sport a 1.5GHz dual-core processor and don’t specify battery life.

Now for pricing.

The 7″ Kindle Fire HD is $199 for the 16GB option and $249 for 32GB. The 8.9″ Kindle Fire HD with Wi-Fi costs $299 for the 16GB model and $369 for the 32GB model. The 4G Kindle Fire HDs cost $499 for 32GB and $599 for 64GB. All Kindle Fire models now include special offers and lock-screen ads so the low price comes at a slight cost.

The 7″ Kindle Fire HD starts shipping on September 14th. The 8.9" Kindle Fires don’t start shipping until November 20th.

With regard to the 4G LTE models, Amazon is offering a special deal for a low-use data plan. It’s $50 per year and grants access to 250MB per month.

8 Responses to “Kindle Fire HD x 3 and Upgraded Kindle Fire 1 for $159”

  1. “A $50 per year and grants access to 250MB per month” sounds interesting to me and may be worth the cost of $499…
    I’ll have to check this out.
    I still don’t like the fact it doesn’t use an SD card.
    At least you can use Skype on these new ones, and they have a camera (a front facing one)!

  2. My 26″ monitor is at 1920×1200.

  3. Sorry to post again, but I wonder what happens when you go over your 250MB per month limit…
    Like I said I’m very interested. 250MB you’re not going to stream movies, but when you’re out and about you can access email and the like.
    Nathan do you think you’ll be able to snag one of these 4G units to “test”?

    • Sorry but the 4G ones are too expensive for me since I’ll be buying each of the new models, but I’m sure there will be plenty of reviews for it. I’m going to be getting the $299 model to review.

      • Nathan, it would be great if you could do a side by side with the old KF 1. I love it and mainly use it for reading and light web browsing, so I am interested to see if there is really an advantage in speed. Glad that the original does not have adds on it.

  4. can you get any info from any of them about grey scales or text to speech ? i need both i have macular degeneration so,,i would be really interested about that,