Last year one of the most buzzworthy stories of the tech world was the release of the Amazon Fire smartphone, the giant retailer’s first foray into the mobile phone market. The device, despite all the attention it received, never seemed to generate sufficient sales interest as revealed by the $83 million in inventory Amazon was holding at the end of the third quarter. In what may be a sign of cannibalization of the Fire smartphone, Amazon is making the Firefly software that came on the device available for all Fire HD tablets.
Two low-cost tablets from Amazon just became even cheaper. The Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 normally cost $99 and $139, respectively. Just in time for the holidays, the two now have price tags of $79 and $109. Giving the gift of an Amazon product is valuable due to the core services built around them. Thousands of applications, movies, and television shows are available alongside the traditional Amazon shopping hub. Of course, it has the Kindle name and at its roots are a premium reading experience.
[Amazon Kindle Fire HD 6] [Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7]
Official CyanogenMod Nightlies support has arrived for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7″ and 8.9″. Currently the builds show up as experimental, but regular nightlies are set to be released starting today. These ROMs are running CyanogenMod 11.
As is the usual case with ROMs on Android, users should exercise extreme caution. Sometimes these files aren’t stable, although sometimes they are. Users should make sure that they know what they’re doing before they attempt to install anything.
Source: CyanogenMod (7″) and CyanogenMod (8.9″)
There is no better time to get a Kindle Fire HD, HDX, or HDX 8.9 from Amazon. The tablets are all being put on sale for a limited time in a promotion being described as “Elite Performance for Less” since it is the official tablet of the NCAA. The sale starts now since the Sweet Sixteen of March Madness is about to be broken down into the Elite Eight. The savings range from $20 to $40 depending upon the device you decide to purchase.
Choose a tablet from the source link to order.
Source: Amazon (Kindle Fire HD), (Kindle Fire HDX), (Kindle Fire HDX 8.9)
This is certainly not the first time that Amazon has slashed prices on their Kindle Fire line, and we have no idea if it’s the last. If you’re looking to grab a Kindle Fire, than I would head over to Amazon today and grab one because it could be your last chance. For today only, they are slashing prices by 20% on the Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB ($182.20 vs $229), Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB ($229 vs 269), Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB ($135.20 vs $169), and basic Kindle ($56 vs $69).
sources: Kindle Fire HDX 7″ 16GB / Kindle Fire HD 7″ 16GB / Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ 16GB / Kindle
It’s Cyber Monday, so get ready for some hot deals on your favorite technology. Amazon is kicking things off by discounting two of their most popular tablets by $50. The Kindle Fire HDX 7″ is going for $179 (regularly $229) and the Kindle Fire HD 16GB is only $119 (regularly $169). This is only for today, Cyber Monday, so don’t hesitate. Full presser and links after the break.
You generally don’t need a reason to slash prices, but the recent FAA ruling allowing the use of personal electronics during takeoff and landing has inspired Amazon to drop the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HDX by 15% for today only.
The Kindle Fire HD is normally $139, but it’s $118 after the discount. If you would rather grab the HDX, it’s priced at $195, a $34 savings. You can even grab the basic Kindle for $59. I still say the Nexus 7 is the best all around tablet in regards to price, but these Kindles are perfect for Grandma and Grandpa. Again, this is only good for today, and be sure to enter promo code ThnksFAA at checkout.
Order: Kindle / Kindle Fire HD / Kindle Fire HDX
Two years ago, Amazon changed the tablet game by unveiling the Kindle Fire for $199. It has already gone through one refresh and this year it gets refreshed yet again and with an even better price. The new Kindle Fire HD sports a 7-inch 1280×800 216 ppi HD display, a dual-core 1.5 GHz processor, Fire OS 3.0 (Mojito), and dual speakers with Dolby audio. It will look very similar to the new HDX tablets, but a little heavier and thicker. It comes in at 12.2 ounces and 10.6mm thick.
The Kindle Fire HD starts at $139 for the for the 8GB version. The 16GB version will run you $169. Shipping will commence on October 2. Full press release after the break.
We already got an idea of what the specs will be for the upcoming Kindle Fire HD so why not some pictures? These pictures represent the 7-inch model, but the 8.9-incher will look the same. As you can see, Amazon has redesigned these tablets with changes to the buttons and placement of the speakers.
Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will include a 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, you choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a forked version of Android 4.2.2. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 while the 8.9-incher will come in at 2,560 x 1,600. More pics after the break
An Amazon mystery device (codename: Apollo) running Android 4.2.2 has shown up on GFX Bench with some pretty high-end specs, leading some to believe that this could be the next Kindle Fire HD. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, Adreno 330 GPU, and a 2.15GHz maximum CPU clock speed, one would most likely be right to assume that this new tablet will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor. The device is also rumored to have an 8MP main camera, a front shooter, 2GB RAM, optional cellular connectivity, and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.
Announcement for the new Kindle Fire models are likely to come in the fall, with pricing and release date remaining a mystery.
Source: GFX Bench