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

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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TOPICS: Mobility, Amazon, Tablets
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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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  • Yeah dunno...

    Really like the 64 Gig 7" option for $309 but, really hate Kindle Fire Os. Has to be the worst mobile UI around and Amazon honestly lacks a tin of the support that Apple and Google get for their platforms.
    slickjim
    • It's a new OS

      Unless you are in the tech press, you haven't actually used the newest version of Amazon's Kindle Fire OS, so you have no basis for saying it "has to be the worst mobile UI around." I honestly don't know. I currently have a Nexus 7 (first generation), so I'm unlikely to switch, but I'm unwilling to dismiss KF OS 3 without having seen any in-depth reviews, or my own hands-on experience. For people whose tablet use is primarily consumption, and who don't want to be bothered with learning how to configure things, KF OS 3 may be just the thing.
      S_Deemer
  • Worth a trade up? Nope.

    I'd say the Kindle Fire HDX's screen's already of adequate size... there seem to be no other reasons to upgrade, so I'm going to stick with my old model!

    http://versus.com/en/amazon-kindle-fire-hdx-8-9-vs-amazon-kindle-fire-hdx
    chadmfhogan
  • No Google Play?

    This is understandable given their business model of making money from content instead of hardware but a dealbreaker for me nonetheless.
    GDW62
  • Kindle Rocks

    My wife loves her 8.9", and I love my 7" HD Kindle. Amazon's customer service is hands down the best that I have ever dealt with, ( and I am now 56 years old and have been dealing with computers, etc. since the first IBM 8088 and, in electronics since 1972). Amazon has right, what is still right in American business.
    charles1957b
    • Great Customer Service......

      My Customer Service experiences with Amazon have always been terrific. For example, when my original Kindle Fire had a problem 3 months past the warranty, Amazon immediately shipped me a Brand-new Replacement at no charge.
      Apple also has acceptable CS, but Apple tends not to be as generous as Amazon.
      Tied for WORST service is the eBay PayPal monopoly. Whenever I finally reach a real person they express "insincere sorriness" while reading from a script.
      tHeZip5253
  • Put me down for the HDX 8.9

    I'm going to order one for my wife and give it to her for Christmas. She loves her paper white and I think she will love this even more. I do wish it had a SD slot, but it's not for me, and I know she can live without it, especially with being able to store things on the cloud..
    larsonjs