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Kindle Fire HD 8.9", Dolby Audio, Dual-Band Wi-Fi (Previous Generation - 2nd)

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Breakthrough Hardware Technology

High Definition Touchscreen Display

Rich, immersive, video. Beautiful, vivid photos. Crisp, detailed text. Enjoy your favorite content on a large, beautiful 1920x1200 display, capable of playing movies and TV shows in up to 1080p high definition. At 254 ppi, the display on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" is high enough quality that individual pixels are indistinguishable to the human eye. The result, an unparalleled viewing experience, no matter what you want to watch.

Reduced Screen Glare

Most tablet displays are made up of two pieces of glass - an LCD on the bottom and a touch sensor on the top, separated by an air gap. With an air gap, light reflects off of every surface as it passes through from the front, creating multiple distracting reflections that reduce display contrast. Kindle Fire HD solves this air gap problem by laminating the touch sensor and the LCD together into a single layer of glass, creating a display that's easy to view, even in overhead light.

Richer Colors at Wider Angles

Like many tablets, Kindle Fire HD uses In-Plane Switching (IPS) to improve color reproduction. But displays that only use IPS still appear washed out at various angles, such as laid sideways when reading in bed, laid flat on a table, or held between you and a friend when sharing a movie. Kindle Fire HD addresses this issue by applying an advanced polarizing filter directly to the LCD panel. This results in a display that shows the same deep contrast and rich, detailed color when viewed at any angle.

Exclusive Dolby Audio

Kindle Fire HD uses the power of Dolby Digital Plus to create a world class audio experience, with or without headphones. Dolby Digital Plus includes technology used to adjust volume, create virtual surround sound, and deliver easier-to-understand dialogue in movies and TV shows. Kindle Fire HD is designed to automatically optimize the audio profile based on what you're doing, such as watching a movie, listening to music, or talking on Skype. It even optimizes the audio differently when you have headphones plugged in, so you can just sit back and enjoy.

Powerful Dual Stereo Speakers

Big sound. Compact design. With Kindle Fire HD 8.9", we put stereo speakers on both sides of the display for a wide stereo sound-field similar to that of a home stereo, then tuned them to better reproduce low notes. The result - deeper bass in your music, loud, rumbling movie soundtracks, and room-filling stereo sound without distortion, even at higher volumes.

Powerful HD Processor

A rich HD display requires a powerful processor to drive it. The TI OMAP4470 processor in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has 40% more memory bandwidth than Tegra 3, enabling faster web browser JavaScript performance. And Kindle Fire HD 8.9" has an Imagination SGX544 3D graphics core that can process over 12 billion floating-point operations per second, so even graphically intensive games run smoothly and render stunning scenery. We also tuned the graphics pipeline and touch handling software to eliminate delays between when you touch the screen and when the application responds. This means the home screen scrolls more smoothly, videos start playing faster, and games respond nearly instantaneously.

Plenty of Storage for HD Content

High definition content is substantially larger - for example, on average, an SD movie is 500MB, and an HD movie is 2GB. Because of this, Kindle Fire HD 8.9" offers multiple storage options starting with 16GB, as well as free, unlimited cloud storage for your Amazon content.

Vibrant HD Magazines

The large screen on Kindle Fire HD 8.9" makes it perfect for reading magazines. Enjoy over 400 magazines in brilliant HD display, with beautifully detailed illustrations and glossy full-color layouts. Double tap an article for easier reading view and starting next month, tap the cover to go directly to an article and bookmark your favorite articles for future reference. Magazines include favorites such as Vogue, National Geographic, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, ESPN and Better Homes and Gardens.

Read for Free with Prime

Amazon Prime members can borrow hundreds of thousands of titles for free with the Kindle Owners' Lending Library, as frequently as a book a month, with no due dates.

Massive Book Selection

Shop the Kindle Store for over 1.2 million of the most popular books, or explore millions of free, public domain books such as Pride and Prejudice.

Lowest Book Prices

Over 600,000 books are less than $4.99, over a million are less than $9.99.

Exclusive Kindle Titles

Over 180,000 Kindle exclusive titles from best-selling authors including Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen Covey, Andy Borowitz and Karen McQuestion.

Huge Music Selection

With over 20 million songs from thousands of artists, Amazon's MP3 music store is home to one of the largest music libraries on earth. Music you buy from Amazon is saved to the cloud for free, and you can play or download it anytime.

Your Music. Everywhere.

Import the rest of your music library to Amazon Cloud Player and play it wirelessly on your Kindle Fire HD - just tap Music on the Home screen to get started. Browse and search your library, create and manage playlists, play your music from the cloud, or download for offline playback. All your Amazon MP3 purchases and your first 250 imported songs are stored free.

Audiobooks by Audible

Audible offers more than 150,000 titles written by best-selling authors and performed by world-class professional narrators. The collection includes Anne Hathaway's performance of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, Samuel L. Jackson's performance of A Rage in Harlem by Chester Himes, and Susan Sarandon's performance of The Member of the Wedding by Carson McCullers, as well as many others.

Whispersync for Voice

Now you don't have to put a good book down, even if you're cooking, running or commuting. With Whispersync for Voice, you can seamlessly switch between listening to the Audible audiobook and reading the companion Kindle book right where you left off. Learn more

Experience Immersion Reading

With Immersion Reading, Kindle Fire HD can now synchronize Kindle text with companion Audible audiobooks with real-time highlighting to create a more immersive reading experience, as well as deepen learning and comprehension. Over 20,000 Kindle books and 20,000 companion Audible audiobooks across a wide array of genres are available.

Textbooks in Vibrant HD. For Less.

College is expensive, but textbooks don't have to be. Save up to 60% on our massive selection of over 150,000 books students need for class, or up to 80% if you rent through Kindle Textbook Rental.

Half off Amazon Prime for Students

Students can enjoy Prime benefits, such as Prime Instant Video and Kindle Owners' Lending Library at half the cost, just $39 per year.

X-Ray for Textbooks

We know there are things you would rather be doing than studying, so we built X-Ray for Textbooks to help you learn more and save time. Want more information about a topic? With a single tap, you'll get instant access to the glossary definition, find all the relevant pages in the textbook, and get related content from Wikipedia and YouTube.

No Other Company Offers This Kind of Flexibility

At Amazon, we make it easy for you to access your content on other devices. The books, videos, apps, audiobooks, games, and music that you buy for your Kindle Fire HD can also be enjoyed on Amazon apps for Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, game consoles, TVs and more.

Ultra-Fast Web

Kindle Fire HD offers a new version of Amazon Silk, our cloud-accelerated browser, which has faster page load times than the previous version.

Easy to Read

There are multiple ways to enjoy your favorite web content. With a single touch, the user interface disappears to allow for full screen reading. Or, you can turn on Reading View to enjoy a clean, easy-to-read version of the site that removes all unnecessary images and other website clutter.

Trends and Recommendations

Looking for the latest news or the next big site? Trending Now alerts you to pages that have recently seen an unusually high level of traffic, which is generally a good indicator that the page or topic may be particularly noteworthy right now.

No Set-up Required

Kindle Fire HD arrives pre-registered to your Amazon.com account so you can get started right away, including having immediate access to any previously purchased content you may have.

Intuitive Interface

Spin through recent content straight from your home screen. Pin favorites and access at a touch. Whether you're in the mood to watch, read, listen, or play, Kindle Fire HD gets you started quickly and easily.

1-Click Shopping

No switching between apps, no juggling passwords and profiles - Kindle Fire HD is seamlessly integrated with Amazon's content stores so you can shop new books, movies, games, and apps with a single tap.

Read-to-Me

With Text-to-Speech, Kindle Fire can read English-language content out loud to you, when available from the publisher.

Discover More of What You Love

Kindle Fire HD makes it easy to find content you'll love by using Amazon's powerful recommendation engine to compare your purchases and favorites with over 15 years of consumer purchase history and suggest content to you, right from your homescreen.

Integrated Bluetooth Connectivity

Kindle Fire HD features built-in Bluetooth support, so you can connect to a variety of different wireless accessories such as stereo headphones, speakers, keyboards, and more.

Share Your Screen with HDMI Out

Share your favorite videos and photos on your TV or other display in rich high definition via the built-in HDMI out port.

Featured Accessories

Perfect Design, Perfect Fit

Engineered to perfectly fit your device. This Kindle cover includes a fusion of premium textured leather exterior with a subtle woven nylon interior to provide the lightest and thinnest form of protection. The integrated magnetic clasp ensures your cover will remain securely closed while in a backpack, purse, or briefcase.

Auto Wake and Sleep

The case automatically wakes your Kindle Fire HD upon opening and puts your device to sleep when closed, making it easy to dive right back into your content.

Technical Details

Display8.9" 10 point capacitive touch high definition color display; 1920x1200 resolution at 254 ppi, video playback up to 1080p, with IPS (in-plane switching) technology, advanced polarizing filter, and anti-glare technology
Size9.4" x 6.4" x 0.35" (240 mm x 164 mm x 8.8 mm)
Weight20 ounces (567 grams)
System RequirementsKindle Fire HD 8.9" is ready to use right out of the box - no setup, no software to install, no computer required to download content
Storage16GB (12.7GB available to user) or 32GB (27.1GB available to user) of internal storage
Battery LifeOver 10 hours of reading, surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video, or listening to music. Battery life will vary based on device settings, usage, and other factors such as web browsing and downloading content. Actual results may vary
Charge TimeFully charges in under 5 hours via the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory, or slightly longer with other micro-USB power adapters that you may already have. Charges in under 14 hours from your computer via the included USB charging cable
Wi-Fi ConnectivityDual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi (MIMO) for faster streaming and fewer dropped connections than standard Wi-Fi. Supports public and private Wi-Fi networks or hotspots that use the 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, or 802.11n standard with support for WEP, WPA and WPA2 security using password authentication; does not support connecting to ad-hoc (or peer-to-peer) Wi-Fi networks
PortsUSB 2.0 (micro-B connector) port for connection to a PC or Macintosh computer or to connect to the Kindle PowerFast charging accessory. Micro-HDMI (micro-D connector) port for high definition video output to televisions or A/V receivers
Audio3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated stereo speakers with exclusive Dolby audio engine
Content Formats SupportedKindle (AZW), KF8, TXT, PDF, unprotected MOBI, PRC natively, Audible Enhanced format (AAX), DOC, DOCX, JPEG, GIF, PNG, BMP, Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC-3), non-DRM AAC, MP3, MIDI, PCM/WAVE, OGG, WAV, MP4, AAC LC/LTP, HE-AACv1, HE-AACv2, AMR-NB, AMR-WB, HTML5, CSS3, MP4, 3GP, VP8(.webm)
SensorsAmbient light sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope
Location ServicesLocation-based services via Wi-Fi
Additional FeaturesExternal volume controls, front-facing HD camera, built-in microphone, built-in Bluetooth with support for A2DP compatible stereo headphones, headsets, and speakers
Accessibility FeaturesVoice Guide, Explore by Touch, Text-to-Speech, adjustable font sizes and color, built-in dictionary. Learn more
Warranty and Service1-year Limited Warranty and service included. Optional 2-year Extended Warranty available for U.S. customers sold separately. Use of Kindle is subject to the terms found here
Included in the BoxKindle Fire HD 8.9" tablet, USB 2.0 cable, and Quick Start Guide. Power adapter sold separately
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$179.00 $119.00 $69.00 $399.00 $269.00 $199.00 $159.00
Screen Size 6" 6" 6" 8.9" 7" 7"
Display Technology Paperwhite Built-in light E Ink Pearl E Ink Pearl HD LCD HD LCD LCD
Resolution/Pixel Density 212 PPI 167 PPI 167 PPI 1920x1200,
up to 1080p HD
1280x800,
up to 720p HD
1024x600
Audio - - Stereo speakers Dolby Audio,
dual stereo speakers
Dolby Audio,
dual-driver stereo speakers
Stereo speakers
Connectivity
Free 3G

+

Wi-Fi
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Wi-Fi
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Wi-Fi
Free 3G

+

Wi-Fi
4G LTE

+

Dual-band,dual-antenna Wi-Fi
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Dual-band,dual-antenna Wi-Fi
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Dual-band, dual-antenna Wi-Fi
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Wi-Fi
Storage 2GB on device

Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
2GB on device

Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
4GB on device

Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
16GB or 32GB on Wi-Fi device
32GB or 64GB on 4G device
Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
16GB or 32GB on device

Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
8GB on device

Plus free cloud storage for all Amazon content
Dimensions 6.7" x 4.6" x 0.36" 6.5" x 4.5" x 0.34" 7.5" x 4.8" x 0.34" 9.45" x 6.5" x 0.35" 7.6" x 5.4" x 0.4" 7.44" x 4.72" x 0.45"
Weight
7.8 oz7.5 oz
5.98 oz 8.7 oz 20 oz 13.9 oz 14.1 oz
Processor - - - Dual-core,
1.5GHz OMAP4470
Dual-core,
1.2GHz OMAP4460
Dual-core,
1.2GHz OMAP4430
Battery Life 8 weeks
wireless off
4 weeks
wireless off
8 weeks
wireless off
10 hours
continuous use
11 hours
continuous use
8.5 hours
continuous use
Web Experimental
browser
Experimental
browser
Experimental
browser
Cloud-accelerated
browsing using Amazon Silk
Cloud-accelerated
browsing using Amazon Silk
Cloud-accelerated
browsing using Amazon Silk
Interface

2-point
multi-touch


5-way
controller


Keyboard


10-point
multi-touch


10-point
multi-touch


2-point
multi-touch

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