Kindle Fire HD 7 and 8.9 inch Tablet Now on Sale in Amazon: 5 Potential Tablet Rivals

    Couple of weeks back, GizBot reported about soon to arrive Amazon tablets in India and now they have already landed in the Indian soil. Moreover, Amazon Kindle Fire HD with 7 inch display and Kindle Fire HD with 8.9 inch display carry the same price that we have earlier mentioned, i.e Rs. 15,999 and Rs. 21,999 respectively. Obviously, the tablets can now be purchased from

    The Amazon is also selling the 32 GB variant of both the Kindle Fire HD with 7 and 8.9 inch display at Rs. 18,999 and Rs. 25,999 respectively. But all these devices are currently selling from Chroma retail through


    Recently launched in India, Amazon started selling smartphones and other electronic products just a day ago and it has already listed their very own Kindle HD tablets. But considering the demand of tablets in India, it is likely to receive a good reaction from the users.

    Going by the specs, here is a brief rundown on both devices:

    The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet features an In-plane Switching(IPS) HD LCD touchscreen display with 1280x800 pixel resolution. The screen offers 215.6 ppi pixel density. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet comes with 8.9-inch touchscreen display supporting 1920x1200 pixel resolution and 254 ppi. However, the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD is slightly thinner than the 7 inch variant.

    Kindle Fire HD 7-inch tablet is powered by 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Imagination SGX540 GPU. It weighs 395 grams and is powered by a 4400mAh battery rated at 11 hours of usage. Kindle Fire HD 8.9 comes with a pixel density of 254 pixels per inch and a resolution of 1920x1200 pixels. It is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core processor and Imagination SGX544 GPU, weighs 567 grams and is powered by a 6000mAh battery rated at 10 hours of usage. The Kindle Fire HD comes in 16 GB and 32 GB on-board storage options and will have a front facing camera capable of supporting front-facing Skype video calls in HD resolution.

    Both tablets come with 1GB of RAM, dual-band Wi-Fi, Dolby Audio with dual stereo speakers, Bluetooth 3.0, and are available in 16GB and 32GB variants. The tablets run a highly customized version of Android 4.0.3 with apps available through Amazon's Appstore, instead of Google Play. Kindle Fire HD tablets can also consume content from Amazon's large library of audio, video and books content.

    The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will be offered in the WiFi only version with 16 GB and 32 GB on-board storage options. However Amazon will also offer WiFi+4G LTE versions with 32 GB and 64 GB on-board storage. On top of that, Amazon also has the advantage of having a lot of accessible contents, hence it can be expected to become popular soon.

    Amazon has a pretty good specs incorporated in the two tablets except the Android version but it has priced both the tablets in a perfect range. The Kindle Fire HD is likely to have a tough competition with iPad Mini (in case of 8.9 inch version) and Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 in case of 7 inch version, Huawei MediaPad 10 Link Tablet, Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100, Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Tablet and Asus MeMO Pad ME172V Tablet.

    Here is a brief rundown on the specs of the top 5 competitors of Kindle Fire HD tablet:

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    iPad Mini

    iPad mini sports a 7.9 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors display with the resolution of 768 x 1024 pixels and pixel density of 162 ppi. The iPad mini runs on iOS 6 which is upgradable to iOS 6.1.4, planned upgrade to iOS 7.0. It has a Apple A5 chipset and sports a dual-core 1 GHz Cortex-A9 processor and PowerVR SGX543MP2 GPU. The sleek tablet comes with a 5 MP camera with autofocus capable of shooting at 1080p and @30fps and also has a 1.3 MP front facing camera. Connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. Apple's iPad mini is powered by a 16.3 Watt Lithium - Polymer battery. The device is priced currently at Rs. 21,900 on Flipkart.

    Asus MeMO Pad ME172V Tablet

    Asus MeMO Pad supports Google's latest Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean tablet boasts a 7-inch LED Backlight WSVGA display with resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels, 1GB RAM, 1GHz VIA WM8950 processor, 8GB of internal storage( expandable via micro SD card up to 32GB). Further, the tablet has no rear camera however, only a 1-mega pixel front facing camera for long video chat. Other features include, Wi-Fi, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n@2.4GHz, 7 hours; 16Wh 4325mAh Battery. All fitted in the dimension of 96.2 x 119.2 x 11.2 mm and weight of 358 grams. The Asus made tablet will be available in three glossy colors: Titanium Grey, Sugar White and Cherry Pink. Unfortunately, no 3G connectivity has been given by the manufacturer. The device also comes bundled with selected apps from Asus. The device is selling at the price of Rs. 9,799 on Flipkart.

    Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite Tablet

    Spec-wise, MediaPad 7 Lite runs on Android 4.0 and is powered by Cortex A8 1.2GHz processor. The tablet has a 7 inch 1024 x 600 IPS multi touch 1080p high definition display and is complemented by its 3G cellular voice function. The MediaPad 7 Lite is filled with some good features like, 3G and WiFi cellular, SMS and MMS capabilities. It features a 3.2 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The tablet boasts 1GB RAM followed along with 600 MHz Graphics unit. Even though 4GB internal memory might seem less for some users, they can easily complement it by adding more data storage capacity with the help of 32 GB expandable MicroSD cards. Connectivity features include 3G calling capabilities along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Better battery backup is assured with the presence of 4,100 mAh battery in Huawei MediaPad 7 Lite. The device is currently priced at Rs. 11,700 on Flipkart.

    Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 P3100

    The Samsung Tab2 P3100 sports a 7 inch TFT Capacitive touch screen display also offers a resolution of 1024 X 600 pixels and 16 M color depth and is powered by a powerful 1 GHz dual core processor, PowerVR SGX540 graphics chip for gaming purposes and 2G/3G compatibility and is supported by 1 GB RAM. The Samsung Tab 2 P3100 runs on the latest version of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS layered with TouchWiz UX interface. The Samsung Tab2 P3100 comes with an Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Gyro Sensor, Light and proximity sensor. The Samsung Tab2 P3100 comes with an in-built memory of 16 GB. This memory can further be expanded to another 32 GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, and also supports 21 Mbps HSDPA and HSUPA, GPRS, A-GPS, EDGE and USB 2.0 port. It sports a 3 MP camera rare camera and a front facing 0.3 megapixel camera for video conferencing. The device is powered by a 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery.
    The tablet is priced at Rs. 14,999 on Flipkart.

    MediaPad 10 Link Tablet

    MediaPad 10 Link Tablet sports a 10 inch IPS LCD display and resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels will have a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 3MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 1GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS. The tablet comes with 16 GB internal memory that can be expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. The tablet comes loaded with 6,600 mAh battery and it is also supported by 5.1 Dolby surround sound technology. With a keyboard add-on, the MediaPad 10 FHD can be transformed into an ultra-book, and its VGA and HDMI output and office software compatibility supports all the business and entertainment needs. The device is available on Flipkart at Rs. 24,990.

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