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Amazon launches the new Kindle Fire HDX tablets

The new tablets will be available in both 7- and 8.9-inch formats

As nice as the newly upgraded Kindle HD is for the price, Amazon's new high-end offerings are really something to see. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 and 8.9 tablets are impressive gadgets that still manage to keep the price reasonable.

Both devices feature a top-tier 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Adreno 330 graphics, 2 GB of RAM, 16 to 64 GB of internal storage, dual band wifi, and a front-facing HD camera.

The 7-inch model has a 1920 x 1200 (323 ppi) display and offers up to 11 hours of mixed use on a charge, while the 8.9-inch model steps it up even more with a 2560 x 1600 (339 ppi) display, 12 hours of mixed, and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.

The recently updated OS the tablets run on also comes with some new bells and whistles including live online help and support in the form of the Mayday button. One touch connects the tablet with a live Amazon tech support agent who can help with anything from choosing a book to resolving a technical issue, either by giving instructions or by taking control of the tablet. Not wanting to be outdone by Kobo's Arc tablets, Amazon has also added a reading mode which not only cuts out distractions but also extends battery life significantly.

Pre-orders for the Kindle Fire HDX tablets are open now. The 7-inch model is expected to start shipping on October 10th while the 8.9 model won't show up until November 7th. Prices start at US$229 and US$379 respectively with 4G LTE costing a extra US$100.

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Craig Munro, 2013-09-26 (Update: 2013-09-26)