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Amazon refreshes tablet line-up, introduces Kindle Fire HDX range
Amazon is gearing up for the holiday season with a new, refreshed tablet range, two years after it first launched.
The retail giant debuted on Tuesday its next-generation tablet range, the Kindle Fire HDX, all touted to be smaller, thinner, and lighter than their predecessors.
Landing in two sizes, both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2.2Ghz quad-core processor and double the memory, with 2GB of RAM.
The new Kindle Fire HDX (7-inch) is available for as low as $229 for the 16GB storage, Wi-Fi-only version, while the 4G version comes in at $329. Meanwhile, the Kindle Fire HDX (8.9-inch) version starts at $379 for the 16GB storage, Wi-Fi version, and $479 for 4G networking.
ZDNet traveled to Amazon's Seattle headquarters for a hands-on look at the new tablets, and to talk with senior executives, including Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
Zack Whittaker contributed to this report.
Kindle Fire tablets land with HDX display technology
The tablets also come with a high-resolution HDX display — the 7-inch model has a 1,920x1,200 resolution display (or 323 pixels per inch), while the pictured 8.9-inch model has a massive 2,560x1,600 resolution (or 339 pixels per inch).
Adding HDX technology gives the device displays' a 100 percent RGB representation, meaning more vivid colors across the board. Amazon also added a "real-time" contrast sensor on top of an ambient light sensor, allowing individual pixels to automatically light up (rather than the whole screen) based on current lighting conditions, either outdoors or indoors.
Fire OS 3.0 debuts
Both devices land with a built-up version of Android "Jelly Bean" 4.3, developed internally at Amazon, codenamed "Mojito," and officially named Fire OS 3.0.
The updates framed for enterprise use are still rather basic compared to the onslaught crafted for entertainment, but they are likely to satisfy at least some IT departments with BYOD policies in place.