Amazon, Inc. at a press event in Los Angeles today showed off an updated version of its Android-based Kindle Fire tablet, which Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has said makes up 22 percent of tablet sales in the U.S.
Called the Kindle Fire HD, the new Kindle Fire is 20 percent faster, with a faster chip from Texas Instruments (OMAP 4470) that Bezos said outperforms Nvidia’s Tegra 3; more RAM and a longer battery life, and an 8.9-inch HD screen with a 1920 by 1200 resolution display. There’s 25 percent less glare with this screen, too, with a laminated touch sensor.
It has 16 gigabytes of onboard storage, compared with the original Kindle Fire’s eight gigabytes of storage, and is WiFi-enabled, with two antenna.
A few new features have been introduced so far with the Kindle Fire HD: dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus — the first tablet on the market with such a feature — and WhisperSync Voice, which lets users sync between an audiobook and the text version of a book.
Another new feature is what Amazon’s calling X-Ray for movies, which offers contextual information for the video that users are watching on the device.
In terms of apps, the Kindle Fire HD has some new e-mail capabilities, including improved Exchange support for business users, and custom Facebook and Skype apps.
While we’re still waiting on a price point, the original Kindle Fire tablet now costs $159. \
And, no word yet on camera specs — or which flavor of Android this Kindle Fire tablet is running on.