Now that Amazon’s cheapest 7 inch tablet features an HD display, Amazon is going a step further for its top-tier model. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 features a full HD, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, matching the new Google Nexus 7 pixel-for-pixel.
But that’s not the only new feature you get with Amazon’s new $229 tablet. The Kindle Fire HDX 7 also packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, and up to 11 hours of battery life (or 17 hours if you’re just reading books).
The new Kindle Fire HDX 7 is available for pre-order for $229 and up, and it’s expected to ship starting October 18th, 2013.
The new tablet is also a bit thinner and lighter than the Kindle Fire HD, measuring 7.3″ x 5.” x 0.35″ and weighing 10.7 ounces.
It features dual stereo speakers, a front-facing HD camera, and dual-band, dual-antenna MIMO WiFi.
Amazon offers models with 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB of storage, and there are options for models with built-in support for AT&T or Verizon 4G LTE networks.
The new tablets run Fire OS 3.0 “Mojito,” include the new MayDay button which connects you to live Amazon support for free any time of day within 15 seconds, and includes enterprise-friendly features such as software encryption, VPN integration, wireless printing, and more.
While a WiFi-only, 16GB model with “special offers” ads on the lock screen and home screen runs $229, the price climbs to $424 if you want a 4G tablet with 64GB of storage and no special offers.
The 4G LTE models aren’t expected to ship until mid-November.