I was stalking the Amazon press conference yesterday afternoon in a “closed door meeting” (so our oooh’s and aaaah’s weren’t heard by everyone). You could almost hear a cyberworld oooh and aaah go out when the Kindle Fire HD was announced. And then…..
Kindle Fire HD 8.9″
Then came the announcement that sent even more oooh’s and aaah’s out and made my covetous little heart and brain go pitty pat.
A Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ tablet would be coming out on November 20th. Just in time for my birthday! (In case my family and friends are reading this).
Not a 10″ tablet (so they can be differentiated from the iPad) but a 9″ tablet (I am not going to keep calling it an 8.9″ tablet). I’ll work up some direct comparisons between the two devices later, but here are the initial specs for the new kid(s) on the block:
Display: 8.9″ HD LCD Technology
Audio: Dolby Audio dual-driver stereo speakers
Connectivity: Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (on base models)
Storage: 16GB or 32GB on device, 32GB or 64GB on 4G device
Dimensions: 9.45″ x 6.5″ x 0.35″
Weight: 20 oz
Processor: Dual-core, 1.5GHz OMAP4470
Battery Life: ??
Interface: 10 point multi-touch (I don’t know what this means – unless I can use all 10 fingers at once).
Here is where Amazon drew a mental standing ovation. Their prices are a steal. And they know it – because all they really want is you to use their devices to buy more stuff in their store and it is worth it to them.
I’m sure you are thinking – Wow! That is cheap! I’m sure they will rip me off for the wireless. But no – they are offering wireless for 250 MB a month for 12 months with a one-time payment of $49.99 – no monthly payments.
While 4G is not available everywhere, this does appear to be a decent wireless plan and will allow us all to connect with the Amazon store and order even more items.
I hope you are all excited to see what reviews are like on these new devices. I know I am.
Keep checking back and I’ll provide more details as I find them.