Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Released November, 2012
New: Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (Oct, 2013)
  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
Web browsing speeds are as good as on devices with much faster CPUs, and games on the Amazon App Store played perfectly.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)
7.7 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9


Processing power and speed

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Passmark and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

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How long will the battery last

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Battery life


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Nexus 10
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Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Kindle Fire HD 8.9

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
3.2 fps
Nexus 10
12.5 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 3D graphics performance

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
12.4 fps
Nexus 10
39.8 fps
Kobo Arc
35.2 fps

Reviews Word on the street for the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

In fact, Whispersync can save your place in compatible games too via the new GameCircle that also handles social gaming.

Images and text are sharper thanks to the higher resolution and higher contrast of the screen.

Running the Sunspider javascript benchmark, the Kindle Fire HD attained a score of 1878ms, which is on-par with higher mid-range tablets and smartphones.

It's solid in the hand, with none of the creak you find in many budget Android tablets.


7.7 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight


It has a large 1,920x1,200-pixel-resolution screen that facilitates Amazon's current Kindle Fire interface better than the 7-incher.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The display is pleasantly sharp.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
The 7-inch display is sharp, and with a resolution of 1280x800 and a pixel density of 216ppi, it's considerably sharper than the iPad mini.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)


While watching movies, playing games, or listening to music, I found the Fire HD's speakers deliver clear, loud (if you need it to be) sound that's noticeably better than what I've heard from other tablets.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Its performance in just about everything beats all other tablets, and it's the best doorway to the most and highest-quality apps you can find on any mobile device.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Aside from the mentioned email, calendar and contacts apps, Amazon has included IMDb (which, as I've said, integrates nicely with video).
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)


Amazon has ditched the MIMO (Multiple In, Multiple Out) technology that boosted Wi-Fi speeds on the last model, sticking to plain old Dual Band Wi-Fi this time around.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
It also includes 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, and a gyroscope.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Fire HD also includes 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support, Bluetooth, and a gyroscope.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)

Network technology

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD’s (Wi-Fi: $269 for 16GB, $299 for 32GB; 4G: $399 for 32GB, $499 for 64GB) design feels more at home with an 8.9-inch screen, compared to the 7-inch version.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Wi-Fi version now starts at $269 (down from $299), and the 4G version's new starting price is $399 (down from $499).
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD is Wi-Fi-only, so you won't be able to carry them around and take advantage of 3G connectivity.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)


We rarely devote a section to a tablet's speakers, but the Kindle Fire HD models have remarkably good stereo speakers with Dolby audio.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)
Along the bottom edge directly in the middle are Micro-USB and a Micro-HDMI ports.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
Incoming audio was likewise clear and reasonably loud.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 8.9"
Technology IPS LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1200
PPI 254 ppi


  1. 802.11n
  2. 802.11a
  3. 802.11g
  4. 802.11b
  5. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes


USB support 1 USB 2.0
Hdmi support 1 HDMI
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack No

form factor

Weight 567 g
Size 240 x 164 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour


Internal storage 32 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support No
Rear camera 1.3 MP


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz


Has an accelerometer Yes
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