Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Released December, 2011

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 32 GB
  • WiFi
  • Android 3.1
Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
7.9 Out of 10
It's worth noting that the clear screen and accurate touchscreen on the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 make the interface pop on the screen - it's easy to control this tablet and the bright screen makes the UI more engaging.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2011)
Released October, 2013

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

  • 8.9"
  • 16 GB
  • WiFi 3G
  • Fire OS 3.0 Mojito
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
8.8 Out of 10
Battery life has been improved incrementally with this year’s model, easily outlasting its predecessor.
by PhoneArena (Dec, 2014)

TabletRocket Review Our evaluation of Tab 8.9 vs Fire HDX 8.9


Processing power and speed

Passmark and BrowserMark


3D and 2D graphics

AnTuTu 3D, GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

Battery life


How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

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No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of Galaxy Tab 8.9 vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

Differences What are the advantages of each

Front view of Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

Reasons to consider the
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9

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Supported card formats microSD, microSDHC vs None Supports supported card formats
More storage capacity 32 GB vs 16 GB 2x more storage capacity; Holds more music, movies and photos
Front view of Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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Much faster web browser 3,192 vs 2,133 Around 50% better BrowserMark score
More processing power 4,854 vs 1,876 More than 2.5x better passmark score
Much longer battery life 18 hour vs 9 hour 2x longer battery life; surf the web longer without having to plug in
More cores Quad core vs Dual core Twice as many cores; run more applications at once
Has a gyroscope Yes vs No Somewhat common; Play games and use applications that take advantage of device rotation
Much higher resolution 2560 x 1600 vs 1280 x 800 4x higher resolution
Much faster processor 2.2 GHz vs 1 GHz Around 2.2x faster processor; run computation-intensive applications, such as photo editing, faster
Much sharper screen 339 ppi vs 169 ppi More than 2x sharper PPI; enjoy photo-realistic, crisp images
Has a microphone jack Yes vs No Somewhat common; Can use an external microphone for superior audio quality
Much higher resolution rear camera 8 MP vs 3.15 MP More than 2.5x higher resolution rear camera; Can be used like a point-and-shoot camera
Supports 3G Yes vs No Somewhat common; be online anywhere that has cell coverage
More RAM 2 GB vs 1 GB 2x more RAM; Better able to run big apps with lots of content
Newer Oct, 2013 vs Dec, 2011 Release date over 1 years later
Thinner 7.8 mm vs 8.6 mm Around 10% thinner

Reviews Word on the street

Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 

Calendar includes a number of sensible improvements that for the most part make the interface a more efficient and gratifying experience.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

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.
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

The colourful, bright and clear screen is one of the main reasons why the Samsung Galaxy Tab line has attracted a loyal following.
Galaxy Tab 8.9


8.0 Out of 10
8.2 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Size 8.9" 8.9"
Technology PLS LCD HDX
Resolution 1280 x 800 2560 x 1600
PPI 169 ppi 339 ppi


Bluetooth Bluetooth v3.0 Bluetooth
Supports 3G No Yes


Cores Dual core Quad core
Clock speed 1 GHz 2.2 GHz


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


Galaxy Tab 8.9  vs
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 
Internal storage 32 GB 16 GB
RAM capacity 1 GB 2 GB
Supported card formats
Maximum capacity 128 GB N/A

photo & video

Webcam 1.92 MP 2 MP
Rear camera 3.15 MP 8 MP


USB support USB 2.0 Micro USB
Hdmi support None None
Has a headphone jack Yes Yes
Has a microphone jack No Yes
Has a built-in microphone Yes Yes

form factor

Weight 447 g 384 g
Size 230.9 x 157.8 x 8.6 mm 158 x 231 x 7.8 mm
Thickness 8.6 mm 7.8 mm
Battery life 9 hour 18 hour
Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9
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