Kindle Fire HDX: When can you get one and how much will it cost?

Summary:Amazon has raised the bar in the tablet space with its competitively priced new Kindle Fire HDX tablet line. Having been officially announced, when can you actually get one and for how much?

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The new Kindle Fire HDX line of tablets look really nice and are priced to sell. The two sizes, 7 and 8.9 inches, are each packed with fast hardware and running Amazon's latest Fire OS 3. Fire OS is based on Android 4.3 with Amazon's UI on top to make it easier to use.

Both tablets are available to order currently but won't be shipping for a while. We wanted to see when different configurations would actually be available and went through the order process for every hardware combination so you don't have to.

Amazon also announced non-HDX models of the Kindle Fire starting as low as $139 but since the greatest interest seems to be the high-end models that's what is covered here. Both sizes of the Kindle Fire HDX are configurable with different internal storage capacities and with/without 4G LTE on either Verizon or AT&T.

When we started checking availability it quickly became clear that the biggest impact on delivery is the LTE option. This option adds a month or more over the models without LTE, so those thinking of an LTE tablet for the holidays could be pushing it to get in time.

KF 8.9 LTE

The amount of internal storage doesn't affect availability dates so that's not a factor. The only other configuration option is a $15 charge to remove ads on each model. Amazon serves ads on all Kindle Fires when the $15 is not configured and paid as a purchase option.

Here is the breakdown of configuration, availability date, and price for both HDX tablets. Note that Amazon is careful to state that the availability date is the release date, which implies this is not a shipping date. Since Amazon calls this a release date, we assume that's when shipping will commence on a first come basis. Those who hold off ordering one of the Kindle Fire HDX tablets may not get theirs shipped until later, depending on how Amazon works it.

Model Storage Wi-fi only/LTE Release date Price
HDX 7" 16GB Wi-fi Oct. 18 $244
HDX 7" 32GB Wi-fi Oct. 18 $284
HDX 7" 64GB Wi-fi Oct. 18 $324
HDX 7" 16GB LTE Nov. 14 $344
HDX 7" 32GB LTE Nov. 14 $384
HDX 7" 64GB LTE Nov. 14 $424
HDX 8.9" 16GB Wi-fi Nov. 7 $394
HDX 8.9" 32GB Wi-fi Nov. 7 $444
HDX 8.9" 64GB Wi-fi Nov. 7 $494
HDX 8.9" 16GB LTE Dec. 10 $494
HDX 8.9" 32GB LTE Dec. 10 $544
HDX 8.9" 64GB LTE Dec. 10 $594

Observations

The earliest release date is October 18 (which is coincidentally the date of Windows 8.1 availability), and the latest December 10.

Adding LTE is $100 on both the HDX 7 and HDX 8.9 over wi-fi only.

LTE models are released about a month after the wi-fi models.

Storage capacity does not affect release date.

To save money on the purchase, subtract $15 from any price above to get ads pushed to the tablet.

With the HDX 8.9 release dates for models with LTE approaching the middle of December, there could be uncertainty of getting one of these tablets in time for the holidays if order not placed soon.

All models can be ordered on Amazon's web site.

Topics: Mobility, Amazon, Tablets

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James Kendrick has been using mobile devices since they weighed 30 pounds, and has been sharing his insights on mobile technology for almost that long. Prior to joining ZDNet, James was the Founding Editor of jkOnTheRun, a CNET Top 100 Tech Blog that was acquired by GigaOM in 2008 and is now part of that prestigious tech network. James' w... Full Bio

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