Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 Shipping – Lighter And Less Expensive Than iPad Air has announced that the new 8.9 Kindle Fire HDX large-screen tablet is now shipping. Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 combines new hardware, Fire OS 3.0 Mojito, and new features like X-Ray for Music, Prime Instant Video downloads and the new Mayday button, and is available for $379. Orders at:

What’s most striking about the HDX 8.9 is how light it is. At 13.2 ounces, its 34 percent lighter than last year’s model (Amazon shaved off nearly 7 ounces), and a full 20 percent lighter than the iPad Air.

“The 8.9 Fire HDX is startlingly light; at just 13.2 ounces, it’s the lightest large-screen tablet. This is combined with a 339 ppi, perfect-color HDX display, 3x the processing power, 2x the memory, 4x the graphics performance, and backed by Fire OS 3.0, with exclusive features like the revolutionary new Mayday button – and all of this is just $379, much less than you’d pay for a comparable tablet,” says Peter Larsen, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “This is the best tablet we’ve ever built, and we can’t wait to see what our customers think.”

Dr. Raymond Soneira at DisplayMate Technologies is cited commenting: “Most impressive of all is the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, which has leapfrogged into the best performing Tablet display that we have ever tested, significantly out-performing the iPad Air in Brightness, Screen Reflectance, and high ambient light contrast, plus a first place finish in the very challenging category of Absolute Color Accuracy.”

Laptop noted that on the LAPTOP Battery Test — continuous Web surfing over Wi-Fi on 40 percent brightness — the HDX 8.9-inch lasted an 13 hours and 42 minutes – Laptop

The new Kindle Fire HDX features a 7″ or 8.9″ HDX display, a quad-core 2.2 GHz processor, 2x more memory, and 11 hours of battery life, as well as new features of Fire OS 3.0 including X-Ray for Music, Second Screen, Prime Instant Video downloads, and the new Mayday button. The Kindle Fire HD includes an HD display, high-performance processor and dual speakers.

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