The flagship tablet will begin shipping on November 14th in the UK and November 26th in Canada, and both will sell at a premium to the U.S. model.
For the 7-inch model, the pre-order price is $254 CDN/£199 and the 8.9-inch model, with more internal storage, starts at $284 CDN/£229.
The displays feature very nice resolutions, 1920x1200 at 323 ppi for 7" and 2560x1600 at 339 ppi for the 8.9" and under the hood are quad-core Snapdragon 800 processors running at 2.2GHz. Amazon boasts that they are the only company offering clock speeds above 2GHz.
In addition, the company has dropped the weight of the larger tablet to 13.2 ounces, 34 percent lighter than the second-generation Kindle Fires. The tablets will launch with Fire OS 3.0, which upgrades and improves on many of Amazon's popular features such as X-Ray, Cloud Collections and Goodreads. The company says battery life is much improved, as well, with up to 11 hours of mixed use, and 17 hours of reading.
Amazon has added dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio and virtual 5.1 multi-channel surround sound, and dual cameras, 2MP/8MP with 1080p video recording capability.
The new Mayday feature is an exciting innovation, as well. By hitting the "Mayday button" you are connected to an Amazon expert in under 15 seconds who can remotely guide you through any hardware or software question you may have, 24/7/365, free of charge.
Written by: Andre Yoskowitz @ 17 Oct 2013 11:45