A new family of Kindles
With plenty of time before the 2013 holiday shopping season begins, Amazon introduced two brand-new Kindle Fire tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 and HDX 7, and a redesigned Kindle Fire HD with a lower price.
The new tablets feature high-resolution screens, powerful processors, and the latest version of Amazon's Fire operating system.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch
Behind that cover, there's a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, with 2GB of RAM. For gaming, there's an Adreno 330 graphics engine. The tablet also comes with 32GB of storage for all of your books, music, and videos.
Thin and light
Despite its chunky-looking back cover, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has a thin profile. Amazon is also calling the HDX 8.9 the lightest large-screen tablet at 13.2 ounces, thanks to its frame made of a single piece of magnesium.
Camera plus flash
The back of the Fire HDX 8.9-inch has an 8-megapixel camera.
Price and availability
The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HDX Wi-Fi-only model is available for preorder, and costs $379. The tablet will ship starting on November 7.
You can also buy a 4G version, which comes with LTE service from AT&T and Verizon and costs $479. It will begin shipping on December 10.
Kindle Fire HDX 7
The 7-inch Fire HDX has a 1,920x1,200-pixel screen (323ppi) and the same improved color accuracy as the 8.9-inch model.
Matte back cover
Fits in your hand
7-inch price and preorders
The 4G version, which comes with LTE service from AT&T and Verizon, sells for $329. It won't go out to customers until November 14.
Updated Kindle Fire HD
The redesigned Kindle Fire HD's edges are slightly more square.
Same vibrant screen
The Kindle Fire HD has a bright, high-resolution screen and slimmer screen bezels than the the 2012 version.
Fire OS 'Mojito'
Launching with the new Kindles is the latest version of Amazon's Android-based Fire operating system. Version 3.0 Mojito, includes several new features, such as the Mayday button, X-Ray for Music, and Second Screen.
Help with Mayday
When you use the Mayday button, the representative on the other end can access the tablet and draw on the screen, coaching you through any feature. It's an awesome-sounding feature for people hoping to give their not-so-tech-savvy loved ones a Kindle Fire, but who don't want to act as tech support for months afterward.
Amazon built new colorful magnetic covers for each tablet. The front flap can be folded to transform it into a stand with multiple viewing angles.