Fire HD

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Amazon Fire HD
Kindle Fire HD 8.9.jpg
Fire HD 8.9"
Developer Amazon.com
Manufacturer Quanta Computer
Operating system Fire OS proprietary fork of Android OS
CPU ARM core (see table)
Memory GB RAM
Storage 8–32 GB Flash (internal)
Removable storage MicroSDXC slot (some models)
Display 6", 7", 8", 8.9", 10" LCD
Connectivity Micro-USB 2.0 (type B), Micro-HDMI,
3.5mm stereo jack, 802.11 Wi-Fi,
4G LTE (8.9" model),[1] Bluetooth[2]
Online services Amazon Prime, Amazon Cloud Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon video, Amazon Silk, Amazon Appstore, Amazon Kindle Store
Predecessor Kindle Fire
Successor Fire HDX
Website Amazon Fire HD

The Fire HD, formerly named Kindle Fire HD, is a member of the Amazon Kindle Fire line of tablet computers. The family consists of: 7", 8.9" (2012 models), 7" (2013 model), 6", 7" (2014 models), 8", 10.1" (2015 models). As of 2016, the 6", 8" and 10" Fire HD tablets are available.

History[edit]

The first model was announced on September 6, 2012 and was available in two models, 7" and 8.9". The 7" model was released in United States on September 14, then France, Germany, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom on October 25 and in Japan on December 18. The 8.9" model was released on November 20 in United States, in Japan on March 12, 2013 in Germany on March 13, and in India on June 27.[3][4][5][6][7][8]

On September 25, 2013, the Fire HD second generation was released. The price of the Fire HD 7" was reduced to $139, the processor speed was upgraded 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.

On October 2, 2014, the Fire HD third generation was released, which is part of the Fire Tablet's fourth generation, with 6-inch and 7-inch touchscreen sizes. In addition, the Fire HD Kids Edition was released, 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. In 2015, Amazon released a new range of fire tablets with 7, 8, and 10 inch sizes. The 7 inch was simply called the Fire while the 8 and 10" are called Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 respectively. The Fire is unique as it is thus far, the lowest priced Fire tablet at $50.

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Hardware[edit]

The Fire tablets feature multi-touch touchscreen LCD screens. The first generation 7" model contains a Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 processor, 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" model's are single-driver.[10] The device has two Wi-Fi antennas on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands which utilize MIMO to improve reception.[10] The 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 future generations.

In June 2016, Amazon released a version of the Fire HD 10 that has an aluminum exterior instead of plastic like the other Fire tablets, and is available at the same price as the plastic version.[11]

Software[edit]

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 the user's reading speed to predict when the user will finish a chapter or book. The OS is based on a version of Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich). This does not allow use of Google Play, limiting the number of apps accessible for the Fire HD. Fire HD software updates can be received OTA or from the support websites.[2][12][13]

The Fire HD 7" second generation used 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 Fire second generation. The Fire HD models second 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]

The Fire HD 8" and 10" fifth generation uses Fire OS 5 "Bellini" and was released in late 2015.

Models[edit]

Generation (within Fire tablets) 2nd generation (2012) 2.5th generation (2012) 3rd generation (2013) 4th generation (2014) 5th generation (2015)
Model Kindle Fire HD 7" Kindle Fire HD 8.9" Kindle Fire HD 7" Fire HD 6" and 7" Fire HD 8" and 10"
Release date September 14, 2012 November 20, 2012 October 2, 2013 October 2, 2014 September 30, 2015
Status Discontinued Discontinued
8 GB Refurbished[15]
6" & 7" Current 8" & 10" Current
Screen size (diagonal) 7 in (18 cm) 8.9 in (23 cm) 7 in (18 cm) 6 in (15 cm) and 7 in (18 cm) 8 in and 10 in
Resolution 1280 × 800 (216 ppi) 1920 × 1200 (254 ppi) 1280 × 800 (216 ppi) HD 6: 1280 × 800 (252 ppi)
HD 7: 1280 × 800 (216 ppi)
HD 8: 1280 x 800 (189 ppi)

HD 10: 1280 x 800 (149 ppi)

OS Based on Android 4.0.3 Fire OS 3.0 (fork of Android 4.2.2),
later updated to Fire OS 4.1.1 (fork of Android 4.4.2)
Fire OS 4,
later updated to Fire OS 5
Fire OS 5
System Version 7.5.1[16] 8.5.1[17] 4.5.5.1[18] 5.3.1[19][20][21][22]
CPU Maker Texas Instruments MediaTek
Kind Dual-core OMAP4 Quad-core ARM big.LITTLE
Model 4460 HS 4470 HS MT8135V[23][24]
Cores 2x ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.2 GHz 2x ARM Cortex-A9 @ 1.5 GHz 2x ARM Cortex-A15 @ 1.5 GHz
2x ARM Cortex-A7 @ 1.2 GHz
GPU Designer Imagination Technologies
Kind PowerVR
Model SGX540 SGX544 G6200
Clock 384 MHz[25] 450 MHz
RAM 1 GiB
Storage Internal Wi-Fi 16 GB or 32 GB 8 GB or 16 GB HD 8: 8–16 GB
HD 10: 16–64 GB
+Cellular N/A 32 GB or 64 GB N/A
External N/A N/A N/A on 6", otherwise at least up to 128 GB microSDXC
Camera Back 2 MP 5 MP
Front 1.3 MP HD 720p 0.3 MP VGA 1.3 MP HD 720p
Microphone Yes Yes
Bluetooth Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
(HID and A2DP profiles only)
Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
(HID and A2DP profiles only)
Bluetooth 4.0 LE
Wireless Wi-Fi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n Single-band 802.11 b/g/n Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
+Cellular N/A adds 4G LTE N/A
Location Wi-Fi Wi-Fi based
+Cellular N/A adds GPS and aGPS N/A
Proximity Wi-Fi N/A
+Cellular Yes
Compass Wi-Fi N/A
+Cellular Yes
Light sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Gyroscope
Barometer N/A
Weight Wi-Fi 395 g (13.9 oz) 545 g (19.2 oz) 345 g (12.2 oz) HD 6: 290 g (10 oz)
HD 7: 337 g (11.9 oz)
HD 8: 311 g (11.0 oz)
HD 10: 432 g (15.2 oz)
+Cellular N/A 567 g (20.0 oz) N/A
Dimensions 193 mm × 137 mm × 10.3 mm
(7.60 in × 5.39 in × 0.41 in)
240 mm × 160 mm × 8.8 mm
(9.45 in × 6.30 in × 0.35 in)
191 mm × 128 mm × 10.6 mm
(7.52 in × 5.04 in × 0.42 in)
HD 6: 160 mm × 103 mm × 10.7 mm
(6.30 in × 4.06 in × 0.42 in)
HD 7: 191 mm × 128 mm × 10.6 mm
(7.52 in × 5.04 in × 0.42 in)
HD 8: 214 mm × 128 mm × 7.7 mm
(8.43 in × 5.04 in × 0.30 in)
HD 10: 262 mm × 159 mm × 7.7 mm
(10.31 in × 6.26 in × 0.30 in)
Battery 4400 mAh 6000 mAh 4400 mAh 8.5 hours 8 hours

*table above does not currently include data on "Amazon fire" (2015 7inch model)

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