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New Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 arrives

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 with quad-core 2.5 GHz processor and Dolby Atmos audio
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9
This updated version of the Fire HDX tablet features a new quad-core 2.5 GHz processor, a 339 ppi display and is the first tablet that uses Dolby Atmos technology.

The all-new Fire HDX 8.9 joins the other devices launched by Amazon earlier this week, as well as the new Fire OS 4 "Sangria" based on Android 4.4 KitKat, which "adds hundreds of new features and platform enhancements." This tablet uses a last generation quad-core processor, a high-resolution display with Dynamic Light Control technology and is also the first slate to feature Dolby Atmos.

Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 has the following specs and features:

  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with Adreno 420 graphics
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB RAM; 16 GB, 32 GB or 64 GB internal storage, no microSD support, but free and unlimited cloud storage for photos
  • Display: 8.9-inch multitouch with 2560x1600 pixels, 339 ppi, 100% sRGB color accuracy and 400 nits
  • Cameras: 720p front, 8 MP back with autofocus and LED flash
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac dual-band, Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0, GPS with A-GPS(4G model only)
  • Operating system: Fire OS 4 "Sangria"
  • Weight/Dimensions: 13.2 ounces for WiFi variant and 13.7 ounces for 4G LTE one; 9.1X6.2X0.3 inches
  • Autonomy: up to 12 hours of mixed usage

According to the official press release, the new Fire HDX 8.9 provides "loud and immersive audio that is twice as loud as the iPad Air" and comes fully loaded with Amazon-exclusive content and features, such as ASAP, Smart Suspend, or Firefly.

Pre-orders can be placed already for $379 USD (WiFi-only version) or $479 USD (4G LTE variant), but shipping will begin next month.

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Codrut Nistor, 2014-09-18 (Update: 2014-09-19)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.