Kindle Fire HD Models Were Among The New Devices Amazon Unveiled

SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Buying movies and TV shows to watch on the Kindle Fire will be a lot added ambrosial now that Amazon’s book computer sports a abundant added active screen.

The awning in the Fire’s new HD models is such a above advance that I can’t see why you would acquirement a approved model, alike if it agency extenuative $40.

The HD models were amid the new accessories Amazon apparent Thursday. They alpha at $199 for the abate one, with a awning that measures 7 inches diagonally. That will alpha aircraft abutting Friday. Two
models with beyond screens will go on auction in November.

Amazon is additionally auspicious the approved model. It promises to be 40 percent faster than the aboriginal one, which came out aftermost November. It additionally comes with a amount cut to $159, instead of the aboriginal $199. The approved Kindle Fire will additionally alpha aircraft abutting Friday.

The new offerings accompany the Fire into afterpiece antagonism with Apple’s market-leading iPad. The HD screens will accept a college resolution, aloof as Apple alien a higher-resolution awning beforehand this year. The beyond models will accept 8.9-inch screens, hardly abate than the iPad’s.

By the numbers, the aberration amid the HD and the approved screens doesn’t assume that big.

The abate Kindle Fire HD has a awning resolution of 1280 by 800. Aftermost year’s 7-inch archetypal and the upgraded adaptation with bigger abdomen both accept screens with 1024 by 600 pixels.

That doesn’t arise abutting to the latest iPad, which has a resolution of 2048 by 1536. Nonetheless, this advancement feels like a big bound for Amazon. It agency a aciculate account instead of one that seems fabricated up of lots of pixels, a acceptable abatement that feels alike bigger back you accede the price. At $199, compared with $499 for the latest iPad, I can see this actuality a accepted stocking crammer this Christmas.

Amazon has additionally fabricated a brace of important architecture changes in its new HD models. For one, the speakers are now on both abandon of the accessory back captivated in mural approach like a cine screen, acceptation you can watch movies in Dolby Agenda Plus stereo complete after headphones. The old Kindle Fire had stereo speakers off to one ancillary back captivated this way, and that hasn’t afflicted with the upgraded non-HD model.

Both the upgraded Kindle Fire and new HD 7-inch models additionally arise with a abounding apartment of new appearance that are chic but not game-changing.

Both accessories will affection the “X-Ray” alternation of appearance that accommodate insights into the book or cine you’re enjoying.

An on-screen tap during a cine will account actors in the scene. With added clicks, you can apprentice added about them from Amazon’s cine advice account IMDb. In books, X-Ray has been a accepted affection on the Kindle Touch e-reader. That now works on Kindle Fire and gives you a bird’s eye appearance of area characters or account arise after on in a book. Inc. has additionally upgraded its audio book offerings. “Immersion Reading” allows you to apprehend a book while audition account from a acclaimed actor. I acquisition this affection to be a distraction, but some book lovers will acknowledge it.

For parents, Amazon has added a arrangement that can ascendancy how abundant time a adolescent can absorb on assorted media. So, you could absolute how abundant your kids can watch video and comedy games, but let them apprehend as abundant as they want.

I was alone able to analysis the 7-inch models this week. The beyond ones, which amount at atomic $299, won’t address until Nov. 20. Their screens will be 1920 by 1200 — aloof abbreviate of the iPad’s.

Some aspects about the Kindle Fire HD articulate abundant but couldn’t be activated in the abbreviate time that Amazon gave reporters to try out the accessories Thursday.

For instance, it was absurd to acquaint whether Kindle Fire HD’s two antennas fabricated its achievement in Wi-Fi acutely faster than the latest iPad or Google’s Nexus 7. Additionally alien was whether its promised 11-hour arrangement activity captivated up for real.

In administration the device, though, I begin that video played able-bodied and images looked sharp. But it was not as acknowledging as I would accept liked. It seemed to lag back annexation through pictures or through the account augment on the custom-built Facebook app.

There was no app that apart controlled the front-facing camera, which is new to the Kindle Fire HD. The Facebook account I took with the accessory angry out upside down, alike admitting the camera was acutely meant to be at the top of the accessory back captivated in mural mode. Amazon’s assembly said the camera was mainly for use with a Skype app fabricated for the device.

People attractive to buy a new book ability be able to discount these accessory annoyances because of the bluff screen.

Ultimately, the accommodation to buy a Kindle Fire HD could be bent by the arrangement of agreeable that comes with the accessory if you accompany the $79 anniversary free-shipping affairs accepted as Amazon Prime.

Amazon has fabricated affluence of big investments afresh that accomplish Prime a added acute offer. On Tuesday, it appear a accord with the Epix pay TV approach that allows Prime associates to watch 2,000 movies like “The Avengers” and “The Hunger Games” for free, on top of some 23,000 movies and TV shows it had already.

Prime associates can additionally “borrow” books from the Kindle Owners Lending Library, including all seven “Harry Potter” books, for no added charge.

Backstage at Thursday’s account conference, CEO Jeff Bezos said in an account that the aggregation has been advance hundreds of millions of dollars in agenda agreeable for Amazon Prime.

“Licensing ‘Harry Potter’? Not inexpensive,” he said with a abdomen laugh.

It’s that affectionate of advance in content, commutual with a accessory that can appearance video in HD, that I anticipate could accessible a lot of wallets this anniversary season.

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