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Updated Amazon Fire HD tablets show up

Amazon Fire HD lineup, colors of September 2014 update
Amazon Fire HD lineup
The new slate is available in two sizes and five colors and packs a quad-core processor, Dolby Digital Audio technology, front and rear cameras, a HD display and a generous collection of Amazon content, exclusive features and services.

Amazon has just updated the notorious Fire HD tablet, now considered by the official press release to be "the most powerful tablet under $100." The Amazon Fire HD is now available in two sizes and five color, starting at $99 USD. The slate comes with Fire OS 4 "Sangria" out of the box and can provide quick access to "over 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, and Android apps and games."

The new Amazon Fire HD has the following highlights:

  • HD display with over 1 million pixels and 252 ppi (6-inch version) or 216 ppi (7-inch version), also "brighter than the previous generation Kindle Fire HD, with vibrant colors and whiter whites"
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor that offers three times the graphics performance of the Samsung Tab 4
  • Gorilla Glass protection for the screen and excellent reliability overall (two times less likely to break when dropped when compared to the iPad mini)
  • Family Library and user profiles
  • Dolby Digital Plus audio
  • Pre-loaded  Fire OS 4 "Sangria" and WPS Office
  • Up to 8 hours of battery life

New accessories for the updated Fire HD are also available, including the new protective cover with six colors to choose from, or a rich set of adapters for connecting the slate to mass storage devices and external displays. 

The 6-inch version costs $99 USD, while the 7-inch Fire HD has a price of $139 USD. Both will begin shipping next month, but pre-orders can be already placed on Amazon.com.

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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.