The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a tablet with a 7 inch, 1920 x 1200 pixel display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and Amazon’s custom version of Google Android.
It supports thousands of apps, offers up to 11 hours of battery life (or 17 hours in reading mode), and it’s now shipping to customers.
The Kindle Fire HDX 7 is available from Amazon for $229 and up.
Like all of Amazon’s latest tablets, the Kindle Fire HDX 7 runs Fire OS 3.0, which is basically a custom version of Android Jelly Bean with a custom user interface and tight integration with Amazon’s digital music, book, movie, and app stores.
It also has a couple of features you won’t find on any other device, including the new “Mayday” button which lets you get live, real-time support in a matter of seconds. Amazon offers 24/7 customer support, and after you tap the button an Amazon representative will pop up in a video window (you can see them, but they can’t see you) and offer to help you through any problems you may be having.
While that’s not a feature that will necessarily appeal to experienced users, it could make the new Kindle Fire tablets one of the most user-friendly options around for folks that aren’t entirely comfortable with technology but who would like a portable device for surfing the web, playing games, and enjoying media, among other things.
The $229 starting price gets you a WiFi-only model with 16GB of storage and ads on the home screen and lock screen. You can pay extra for up to 64GB of storage, no “special offers” and 4G LTE connectivity.