Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9

Released November, 2012
  • 8.9"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Android 4.0
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)
7.2 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
Kobo Arc


3D and 2D graphics

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Kobo Arc
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Kobo Arc
Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Kobo Arc
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TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kindle Fire HD 8.9
Nexus 10
Kobo Arc

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

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


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)


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 display on the Kindle Fire HD packs a decent resolution of 1280 x 800 with a ppi of 216.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)

Operating system

While iPads and Nexuses present the equivalent of a computer desktop filled with app icons and widgets, the Kindle Fire HD OS is all about the content.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
When activated, FreeTime delivers a limited version of the OS showing only the content already chosen for that profile.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)
The background also turns blue so parents can easily see whether their kid is currently in the mode or has somehow hacked his or her way into the full OS.
by c|net (Nov, 2012)


Along the left you have a list of emails, while the larger right-hand side of the screen (in landscape) offers an instant preview of the highlighted email.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
Setting up a Gmail account, I was pleased to see my contacts' profile pictures appearing alongside their name when adding them to the 'To' field.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
Naturally, I'd recommend using earphones whenever possible, but for those times where you're just following a quick email link to a YouTube video, they're more than adequate.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)


The games offering is improving, but it still falls below our expectations.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
Both Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets are more than capable gaming devices, then - it's just a shame there aren't more games to enjoy on them.
by TechRadar (Mar, 2014)
But it is more than fast enough to get the job done, from HD video playback to moderate gaming.
by MobileTechReview (Nov, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Size 8.9"
Technology Super IPS LCD2
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


Has a GPS Yes
Has a light sensor No


Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB

photo & video

Adobe flash support Yes
Rear camera 1.3 MP


Cores Dual core
Clock speed 1.5 GHz

form factor

Weight 575 g
Size 164 x 240 x 8.8 mm
Thickness 8.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour
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