Kindle Fire HD

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Amazon Fire HD
Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Tablet Japanese Edition.JPG
Kindle Fire HD 8.9"
Manufacturer Quanta Computer
Release date [1][2][3][4][5][6]
Operating system Fire OS 3.0 proprietary fork of Android OS 4.2.2
System-on-chip used Texas Instruments OMAP 4
CPU 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 4470

8–32 GB

64 GB (8.9" model only)
Display 7" model:
1280 × 800 px 216 PPI
7 in (18 cm) diagonal
8.9" model:
1920 × 1200 px 254 PPI
8.9 in (23 cm) diagonal
Graphics Imagination Technologies PowerVR
Connectivity Micro-USB 2.0 (type B)
3.5 mm stereo socket
Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n wifi
4G LTE (8.9" model)[7]
Bluetooth 3.0[8]
Online services Amazon Prime, Amazon Cloud Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon Instant video, Amazon Silk, Amazon Appstore, Amazon Kindle Store

7" model: 191×128×10.6 mm (7.5×5.0×0.42 in)

8.9" model: 240 × 160 × 8.8 mm (9.4×6.3×0.35 in)

7" model: 345 g

8.9" model: 545 g
Predecessor Kindle Fire
Successor Kindle Fire HDX
Website Amazon Kindle Fire HD

Kindle Fire HD, later renamed to Fire HD of Amazon's Kindle Fire line of touchscreen tablet computers was announced on September 6, 2012 and was available in two models, 7" and 8.9". The 7" version was released on September 14, while the 8.9" model was released on November 20. The 7" model was released in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom on October 25 and in Japan on December 18. The 8.9" model was released in Japan on March 12, 2013 in Germany on March 13, and in India on June 27.[2][3][4][5][6]

On September 25, 2013, the 7" model was discontinued and the Fire HD second generation was released. The price of the Fire HD 7" was reduced to $139, the processor speed was changed to 1.5 GHz, upgraded from "Android based" OS to a compatible proprietary fork of Android named Fire OS 3, removed the front camera, used a new form factor and decreased the available storage options. In addition, the Fire HD's successor the Kindle Fire HDX was introduced.

In September 2014, the Fire HD was refreshed to become the Fire HD 6 and 7, both devices use the same hardware at the Fire HD second generation except for screen size, as well the Fire HD Kids Edition, which is the same device as the Fire HD 6 except it comes with a case and one year subscription to Kindle Freetime apps.[9] In addition, the name "Kindle" was officially removed from the tablets' name.



The 7" model contains a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, which is also available on the BlackBerry PlayBook 4G LTE, while the 8.9" model uses an OMAP 4470 processor.[10] All three models feature Dolby audio and stereo speakers. The 7" model's speakers are dual-driver, while the 8.9" models' are single-driver.[10] The device has two wifi antennas on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands which utilize MIMO to improve reception.[10] The Kindle Fire HD also added Bluetooth connectivity allowing users to connect an array of wireless accessories including keyboards.[10] The first generation models have an HDMI port, but this is missing from the second generation.


The 2012 models use software that introduced user profiles for sharing among family members and the ability to place absolute limits on total usage or usage of individual features, called FreeTime, and tracks your reading speed to let you know when you will finish a chapter or book.[11] The OS is based on a version of Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This does not allow use of Google Play or the apple app store, limiting the number of apps accessible for the Kindle Fire HD. Kindle Fire HD software updates can be received OTA or from the support websites.[8][12][13]

The Fire HD 7" second generation uses Fire OS 3. Note that although this version is called the Fire HD 7", it is not the successor to the original Fire HD. This model is the successor to the Kindle Fire second generation. The Kindle Fire HD models 2nd Generation were updated to FireOS 4.1.1, based on Android 4.4.4, in Q3 2014.

The Fire HD 6" and 7" third generation uses Fire OS 4 "Sangria", which features profiles so each user on the tablet can have their own settings and apps.[14]


Generation 1st generation (2012) 2nd generation (2013)
Model Kindle Fire HD 7" Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Kindle Fire HD 7"
Release date September 14, 2012 November 20, 2012 October 2, 2013
Status Discontinued Discontinued Discontinued
Screen size (diagonal) 7 in (18 cm) 8.9 in (23 cm) 7 in (18 cm)
Resolution 1280 × 800 (216 ppi) 1920 × 1200 (254 ppi) 1280 × 800 (216 ppi)
OS Based on Android OS 4.0.3 Fire OS 3.0 (fork of Android OS 4.2.2), Later updated to Fire OS 4.1.1 (fork of Android OS 4.4.4)
System Version 7.5.1[15] 8.5.1[16][17]
CPU Dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP4 4460 Dual-core 1.5 GHz TI OMAP4 4470
GPU Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX540 @307 MHz Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX544 @299 MHz Imagination Technologies PowerVR SGX 544
Wireless Wi-Fi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n
Wi-Fi+Cellular N/A Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n + 4G LTE N/A
Bluetooth BT 3.0 + EDR (HID and A2DP profiles only) BT 4.0 + EDR (HID and A2DP profiles only)
Camera Back N/A
Front HD still and video camera N/A
Storage Internal 16 GB or 32 GB 8 GB or 16 GB
External N/A 32 GB or 64 GB N/A
Dimensions 193 × 137 × 10.3 mm (7.60 × 5.39 × 0.41 in) 240 × 160 × 8.8 mm (9.45 × 6.30 × 0.35 in) 191 × 128 × 10.6 mm (7.52 × 5.04 × 0.42 in)
Weight 395 g (13.9 oz) 545 g (19.2 oz) 345 g (12.2 oz)
Battery 4400 mAh 6000 mAh 4400 mAh

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