CNET First Look
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 tablets powers up with useful new featuresThe 8.9-inch tablet adds item-identifying Firefly function and audio enhancing Dolby Atmos technology.
[MUSIC] The 2014 edition of the Fire HDX 8.0 tablet packs a more powerful processor and a few new tricks up it's sleeve. I'm Xiomara Blanco for C/Net, taking a first at the Amazon tablet. At 8.9 inches, the Fire tablet HDX looks identical to last year's model. There's a trio of concave buttons on the back edges. Power on the left by the micro USB port. Volume buttons on the right near the headphone jack, and dual microphones on top. Inside you'll find a zippy Quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor, two gigabytes of RAM. And it comes in 16, 32, or 64 gigabytes of internal storage space, with no micro SD cards option. Large games launch quickly, within a few seconds, and each level. Seamlessly loads with minimal wait time. Games and HD video look sharp and clear on the 2560 by 1600 pixel resolution display. Though it doesn't beat the Samsung Tab S in screen quality it's really a great movie watching slate thanks to Amazon video. Included with your Prime membership, you can download TV show episodes and movies directly onto your tablet for easy offline viewing. The Fire HDX 8.9 offers Dolby Atmos which creates a multidimensional sonic experience that elevates surround sound to a more realistic level. The Fire HDX 8.9 packs some of the best speakers on a table with clear, crisp, and loud audio. At the center of the stereo speaker sits the 8 mega pixel rear camera with LED flash and electronic image stabilization. Photos suffer from graininess and digital noise but overall come out sharp with a surprising amount of detail. [INAUDIBLE] You can also take panoramic and HDR photos as well as selfies with a mediocre front facing camera. One of my new favorite new features is Firefly. Which can identify songs, videos, products, texts and more. If you want to know what TV show you've stumbled upon or which song is playing, you simply open the tab, tap the corresponding button for music or TV and await a result. You can do the same with objects or texts and you need an internet connection for it to work. You'll find everything we loved about last year's Fire HDX 8.9 inside of the 2014 edition. Starting at $379 for a 16 GB model, it isn't cheap, but its sleek build, feature-rich operating system, and useful new features justify its steep price. For more information, check out my full review. Again, I'm Xiomara Blanco for CNet, and this has been a First Look at the Amazon Fire ACX 8.9. [MUSIC]