Amazon Announces Android-Powered 7" Kindle Fire HD With Beefed-Up Specs

Dual-core tablet runs heavily modified version of Android; will launch on 14th September.


Amazon has announced the second generation of its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet. Dubbed the Fire HD, this newly announced slate has a 7" screen with 1280x800 pixels. As suggested by a recent leak, the Fire HD indeed looks much like the original.

Apart from a better screen, the slate comes with improved audio and connectivity features. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, coupled with PowerVR GPU. The detailed specs are as follows:

  • 7" IPS panel with pixel dimensions of 1280x800.
  • Screen features 10 point capacitive touch, polarizing filter, and anti-glare coating.
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core CPU, PowerVR GPU.
  • Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi with hotspot capability, Bluetooth.
  • Front-facing HD camera.
  • 16 GB \ 32 GB internal storage.
  • Micro-HDMI port, micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm jack with Dolby support.
  • Supported Media: Kindle (AZW), TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm).
  • 7.6" (l) x 5.4" (w) x 0.4" (10.3 mm) (d), 395 grammes.

The Fire HD offers integrated support for Facebook, Twitter, Skype, and various email clients. It runs a heavily modified version of Android, and does not have access to Google's Play Store — so users will have to depend on Amazon's Appstore. The Fire HD is priced at $200 for the 16 GB version, and $250 for the 32 GB. It's currently up for preorder on, and will start shipping on 14th of this month. There's no word on availability in India yet.

Amazon Announces Android-Powered 7" Kindle Fire HD With Beefed-Up Specs

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