Along with the new Amazon Fire OS 4, announced today were 5 new devices, including the new Amazon Fire HDX 8.9, new Amazon Fire HD and Fire HD Kids Edition. Pre-orders are open now, be sure to check out the new Fire HDX 8.9, it appears to be a serious machine.
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This image seems to be from the Kindle lineup, but not HD. The current Fire tablet has no front facing camera, and this pic doesn’t seem to have one either.
The design appears a bit more subtle than the previous model, with the smooth backing broken up only by the Amazon logo. The speakers also move toward the top, but not forward facing.
There is, of course, no official word from Amazon, but some interesting clues hint to a new device. According to Chinese site UDN, Amazon has awarded an RFP for one million tablet housings to Compal, the second largest PC manufacturer to Quanta, which got the nod for last year’s Kindle lineup.
This falls into a larger hardware push by Amazon, who is also reportedly working on a set-top box for streaming content. We’ve also heard of a smartphone that had no 3D capability, so we could see multiple offerings on top of their Kindle line of tablets. Does a 3D phone interest you?
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The most startling difference is the UI. It has become more gesture based, with the double-carousel on the home screen. The top is your content, both in the cloud and device, and the bottom is recommendations. A pretty brilliant scheme, really.