At last, the main event for today. The Kindle Fire HD has just been announced, rightfully taking its place as the rumored new Kindle Fire which does seem to flirt with iPad-like sizes as well. We are looking at an 8.8mm thin device that tips the scales at just 20 ounces, sporting an 8.9″ IPS (In Plane Switching) display at a whopping 1920 x 1200 resolution at 254PPI.
The Kindle Fire HD will have an OMAP4470 processor to run proceedings from underneath the hood, where it is accompanied by dual stereo speakers for your ears’ enjoyment, not to mention having the distinction of being the first tablet to boast of Dolby Digital Plus support.
In terms of Wi-Fi connectivity, the Kindle Fire HD will carry a couple of antennas – the overcrowded 2.4GHz crowd, and also play nice with the 5GHz spectrum. For the record, dual band Wi-Fi can also be found in the new iPad, although the Kindle Fire HD has two antennas as opposed to the new iPad’s one. As for the Google Nexus 7, let’s just say it is nowhere close the Kindle Fire HD in this department. There is also a MIMO feature which in theory, allows the Kindle Fire HD to download data faster compared to its competitors – up to 40% according to Amazon, so we will take their word at that for the moment.
As for storage, the Kindle Fire HD will open its hand at 16GB. Not only that, 100,000 Audiobooks will be added to the Kindle Fire HD to get you started right out of the box. Whispersync for Voice was also demonstrated, where it can also synchronize audiobooks with your books, allowing you to listen wherever you are, and continuing where you left off in the audiobook – albeit in the e-book format at a later period. Don’t you think that this is totally neat?