Amazon Kindle Fire HD: 5 interesting things

By launching the tablet, Amazon aims to challenge Apple Inc's dominant iPad.

Zeebiz Bureau

New Delhi: Inc unveiled larger, faster, aggressively-priced Kindle Fire tablets on Thursday as the company faces fierce competition in the tablet market.

By launching the tablet, Amazon aims to challenge Apple Inc's dominant iPad and intensifying a battle with Google Inc and Microsoft Corp in the booming tablet arena.

Let’s look at five areas which make Kindle Fire stand out differently from its other ilks.


The second Kindle version that has a slightly smaller display at 8.9 inches features a high-definition screen works. It has pixel density of 254 ppi and boasts a 1920-by-1200-pixel display. It works off either WiFi or fourth-generation wireless broadband, known as 4G.


The new Kindle Fire processor is 40-percent faster than the previous model and has a longer battery life.


The device boasts a faster chip from Texas Instruments and the HD screen has 25-percent less glare with a laminated touch sensor.


Kindle Fire HD has dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, making it the first to have such a feature on the tablet market. It also has a feature called WhisperSync Voice, allowing users to sync between an audio book and the text version of the book.


The 16-gigabyte Kindle Fire HD costs USD 299 and will ship in November. The device will also come with a 4G model that has 32 gigabytes of storage and costs USD 499.