Along with two new Kindles, and a children’s tablet, Amazon introduced the all-new Fire HDX 8.9, which combines a startlingly light design and stunning HDX display with a new, more powerful processor, exclusive Dolby Atmos and the latest Dolby Audio, and all-new Fire OS 4 “Sangria” features and services.
The new device will feature a 2.5 GHz processor with a 70% faster graphics engine for exceptional speed and fluidity, especially for graphically-intensive games. The exclusive HDX display with a pixel density (339 ppi) and perfect 100% sRGB color accuracy will also now feature Dynamic Light Control, which makes the pages of a book more closely resemble a real piece of paper in different lighting conditions.
The device is also 20% lighter than iPad Air, with new audio—twice as loud as iPad Air, with “crisp, clear sound and no distortion; plus Fire HDX is the first tablet with Dolby Atmos,” as detailed by the company.
“The team has packed an incredible amount of technology and innovation into the new Fire HDX—an exclusive HDX display, a powerful quad-core processor, a 70% faster graphics engine, exceptional audio with Dolby Atmos, and the fastest Wi-Fi—and it’s still startlingly light,” said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. “Fire HDX combines best-in-class hardware with exclusive features and services from Fire OS 4 including Firefly, the Mayday button, Family Library, ASAP, and more.”
Fire HDX 7 will continue to be available and will receive the Fire OS 4 update with many of these features later this year.
As for the new model detailed above, the Fire HDX 8.9 is $379. It is available for pre-order starting today at amazon.com/hdx and will start shipping in October. The 4G version is $479—you can pre-order today at and it will begin shipping in October as well.