Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Released October, 2013
  • 8.9"
  • 64 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)
8.8 Out of 10

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

Performance

Processing power and speed

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.8
iPad 4
7.8
Nexus 10
8.6
Passmark and BrowserMark

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
n.d.
iPad 4
n.d.
Nexus 10
n.d.
AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.6
iPad 4
7.2
Nexus 10
6.5
Battery life

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
9.1
iPad 4
9.5
Nexus 10
9.1
Reviews from phonearena.com, techradar.com and reviews.cnet.com

8.8

TabletRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.8
iPad 4
8.2
Nexus 10
8.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
4,854
iPad 4
1,347

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
3,192

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


8.7
Calendar includes a number of sensible improvements that for the most part make the interface a more efficient and gratifying experience.

8.0
Utilizing the same screen as its predecessor, the tablet’s 8.9-inch 2560 x 1600 LCD display is a remarkable thing to behold because of its sharp details (339 ppi pixel density), potent brightness output of 533 nits, and vivid color reproduction.

8.0
The top bar has quick shortcuts to games, apps, music, videos, shopping, photos and more.

Overall

8.2 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

Throw in its super sharp screen and buttery smooth performance, we can’t complain about the experience whatsoever.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)
If that all sounds fancy to you, it's because it is, but all you need to know is that the display is sharp, colorful and has good contrast.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Best of all, videos just look stunning thanks to the high qualities of the display.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

Apps

Well, considering that aesthetics of the experience is lacking any serious visual flare, it shouldn’t really take us by surprise to find a barebones music player.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
Music played through the speakers lack depth and bass, so you'll want to use headsets when listening to music or any other media.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Like X-Ray for movies and TV, X-Ray for music gives you a bit of info for the songs you're listening to - namely lyrics.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Type

The reading experience on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is quite good, and text is sharp as you'd expect on a device with 339 PPI.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
The first thing you'll notice about the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 - say that 10 times fast - is how thin and light it is.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
What's nice about the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is that if you're just looking to consume movies, books and music - which is what most of us use tablets for - it's all quite literally at your fingertips.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Camera

For its price point, we’re content to find an 8-megapixel auto-focus camera calling all the shots, which is paired with an f2.2 aperture lens and LED flash.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
To say the least, the camera app itself is pretty bare bones with its arsenal – though, it features panoramic and HDR modes.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
It’s not perfect, but its 8-megapixel camera dishes up some surprising results with its still shots.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

Games

Although it’s tough to gauge its finesse navigating through the interface, it’s made known with process intensive tasks – like some serious 3D gaming.
by PhoneArena (Jan, 2014)
Because of recent benchmark controversy and certain OEMs gaming benchmark results, we've decided to pass on benchmarking this tablet.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)
Whether you're into movies, TV shows, apps, games or books, you'll find that this tablet is your one-stop shop for all those things.
by TechRadar (Nov, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

display

Size 8.9"
Technology HDX
Resolution 2560 x 1600
PPI 339 ppi

network

Wi-Fi
  1. 802.11ac
  2. 802.11n
  3. 802.11a
  4. 802.11g
  5. 802.11b
  6. 802.11
Bluetooth Bluetooth
Supports 3G Yes

processor

Cores Quad core
Clock speed 2.2 GHz

sensors

Has a GPS Yes
Has a compass No
Has an accelerometer Yes
Has a gyroscope Yes
Has a light sensor Yes

storage

Internal storage 64 GB
RAM capacity 2 GB
Supported card formats None

photo & video

Webcam 2 MP
Rear camera 8 MP

ports

USB support Micro USB
Hdmi support None
Has a headphone jack Yes
Has a microphone jack Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes

form factor

Weight 384 g
Size 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 7.8 mm
Battery life 18 hour
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