Amazon Introduces New Kindle Fire Tablets

Kindle fire HD and HDX

If you never thought of your Kindle as a tablet before, it’s time to re-evaluate that notion. Small business owners and entrepreneurs on the go who need to read, watch online video and do other basic things you would need a tablet to do, take note.

Amazon’s latest crop of Kindle Fire HD and HDX tablets may be an alternative to high end mobile devices depending upon your needs.

Kindle Fire HD and HDX

The newest Kindle tablet, the Kindle Fire HDX, comes in two display sizes, 7-inch and 8.9-inch. The screens offer resolutions that Amazon says are “beyond HD.”

In fact, CBS News reports the 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is higher than that of Apple’s iPad.

In addition to an improved email app, the new device introduces a “mayday” feature which allows 24/7 tech support from an Amazon representative. The representative can either walk you through your problem or actually take control of your device remotely.

The devices start at $229 and $379 respectively.

Amazon has also released a 7-inch version of its Kindle Fire HD at just $139, an impressively low cost for any tablet.

A larger 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD was released two years ago.

How To Get Your Device

The new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will ship to retailers Oct. 2 and can be preordered on Amazon. The two new Kindle Fire HDX devices will ship on Oct. 18. See more on both devices in this video from The Verge:

Image: Kindle Fire HDX, Amazon

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Joshua Sophy Joshua Sophy is the Editor for Small Business Trends and the Head of Content Partnerships. A journalist with 20 years of experience in traditional and online media, he is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists. He founded his own local newspaper, the Pottsville Free Press, covering his hometown.

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  1. Quite interesting indeed. I have always thought that Kindle will fall behind due to the fact that it is only created for reading. While I love its minimalist approach, it offers far too low compared to all the tablets in the market right now. Hopefully, this version can prove me wrong

  2. The 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX is higher than that of Apple’s iPad, is certainly value for money. It will rival Apple’s iPad that is ubiquitous in the market.

  3. Mixed feelings about Kindles. I bought a Fire and a Nook HD tablet about 2 years ago. Once I got the ‘Nook to Android’ card, I preferred the Nook. But an Ipad or Android tablet with Kindle/Nook apps does the job even better.

  4. This is exciting, I have been waiting for the new edition to come out! I love my Kindle and it’s definitely time to invest in a new one.

  5. Wow, now these tablets look pretty sweet!!!