Amazon it seems has finally declared war on Apple iPad Pro (Deer, 2015, September 10) and all of her kind.
On Thursday September 17th 2015, Amazon has launched a bevy of products (Nieva, 2015, September 17), four (4) Tablets and three (3) streaming TV devices. First the Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire TV Streaming Stick.
Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Fire Streaming Stick – Entertainment and Gaming on Tap
Amazon has also created a US$140 Fire TV Gaming Edition bundle costing US$140 that includes a new Gaming controller, a 32GB SD Card and two (2) games Ducktales Remastered and Shovel Knight, ported across to the Amazon Fire TV platform.
Under the hood the Amazon Fire TV has a new Quad-Core 64 bit MediaTek CPU with up to 75% more processing power that enables support for 128GB SD Cards, 8GB onboard storage, Bluetooth and 802.11ac Wi-Fi. Pair your Bluetooth headphones with you Fire TV that supports Dolby Audio and you’ll get some awesome sound from your Streamed video content.
The US$100 Amazon Fire TV and the US$140 Fire TV Gaming Edition are expected to start shipping on Monday October 5th 2015 while the US$50 Amazon Fire TV Stick, are expected to ship by Thursday October 22nd 2015.
Now on to the real stars of the show, the Amazon Fire Line of Tablets (Deer, 2015, May 31) finally getting an upgrade from 2014.
Amazon Fire Tablet line – Great stocking stuffers for Christmas 2015
The Tablet products launched today are as follows:
- US$150 Amazon Fire HD 8
- US$230 Amazon Fire HD 10
- US$99 Amazon Fire HD 6
- US$50 Amazon Fire
Both the Amazon Fire HD 8 and the Amazon Fire HD 10 are basically the same hardware with different screen sizes. They both have a 1.5GHz Quad-Core Processor with 16 GB or 32 GB of Internal memory and 128GB external memory already overloaded with some 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and games.
According to Amazon’s website, both of these high end Tablets DP IPS Screen that has a resolution of 1,280×800-pixel resolution screen. The cameras aren’t too bad at 5 megapixels for the Rear that’s 1080p capable and a front-facing VGA camera that’s does 720p video very well.
The Amazon Fire HD 8 comes in four (4) colors:
The Amazon Fire HD 10 comes in two (2) colors:
The 6″ Amazon Fire HD 6 is merely a step down in size from its larger siblings, the Amazon Fire HD 8 and the Amazon Fire HD 10. According to Amazon, the US$99 Amazon Fire HD 6 runs Fire OS 4 Sangria, a step up from Mojito and a modification of Google Android 5.0 Lollipop.
The OS floats on an ARM Cortex-A15 1.21GHz Quad-Core Processor supported by 1GB of RAM and 8GB or 16GB of internal storage.
It’s has a 1,280×800-pixel resolution IPS LCD screen, rendering movies well and making e-books fairly easy to read. The inclusion of an accelerometer and gyroscope makes playing games even more fun.
It also and comes with a VGA Front-facing Camera and a 2 Megapixel rear-facing camera so it can take some fairly decent pictures. No LTE as was the case with the HDX series of the same size, but it does support 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, so accessories are welcome.
The screen has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and like the previous Tablets it choc-full of apps and movie content that’ll make the resolution of the screen worthwhile.
The real hot seller is the US$50 Amazon Fire Tablet (Blanco, 2015, September 17). The US$50 Amazon Fire Tablet runs Android Lollipop-based Fire OS 5 Bellini on a 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor supported by 1GB of RAM and has 8GB of internal storage. It has a microSD card slot for external storage that supports up to 128GB extra.
The 1,024×600-pixel resolution IPS display isn’t much but at 7” it’s satisfying as its 2K video capable. The cameras are also small, with a 2 megapixel rear-facing camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing camera.
And yes, like the other Tablets in the lineup, you get access to 33 million movies, TV shows, songs, books, Android apps and are capable of lasting at least 7 hours on a single charge.
Here’s the link:
- Blanco, X. (2015, September 17). Amazon introduces world’s first reasonable $50 Tablet (hands-on). Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/amazon-fire/
- Blanco, X., La, L. (2015, September 17). Amazon goes big and bigger with Fire HD 8 and 10 Tablets (hands-on). Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/amazon-fire-hd-8/
- Deer, L. (2014, April 14). Amazon Fire TV is a bonafide hit and is out-of-stock according to Amazon – The Bamboo powered smartphone running Amazon apps cometh. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/04/amazon-fire-TV-is-bonafide-hit-and-is.html
- Deer, L. (2014, July 3). US$199 Amazon Fire smartphone is Amazon Prime member’s Nirvana – Shopping by Nodding your Head and Finding Waldo. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/07/us199-amazon-fire-smartphone-is-amazon.html
- Deer, L. (2014, November 26). US$83 Million worth Amazon Fire smartphones being sold for US$199 unlocked – Amazon Downfall from US$199 to US$0.99 on 2-Year Contract in 2 Months. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2014/11/us83-million-worth-amazon-fire.html
- Deer, L. (2015, January 3). US$39 Amazon Fire TV Stick – 200,000 Streaming Shows and Portable Gaming is a Direct challenge to Roku and Google Chromecast Streaming Sticks. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/01/us39-amazon-fire-TV-stick-200000.html
- Deer, L. (2015, May 31). @amazonKindle Fire battle Apple iPad Mini in 2014 – Why @Amazon Tablet Glory Days fading as Tablet Extinction inevitable. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/05/Amazon-Kindle-Fire-Apple-iPad-Mini-Tablet-Extinction.html
- Deer, L. (2015, September 10). US$50 @Amazon Tablet for Christmas 2015 – Why Tablets are dying as the world goes VR and AR in 2016. Retrieved from http://mythoughtsontechnologyandjamaica.blogspot.com/2015/09/US50-Amazon-Tablet-Christmas-2015-VR-AR-2016.html
- Deer, L. (2015, September 10). Why Apple iPhone 6S, Apple TV, Apple iPad Pro with Pencil spells Success. Retrieved from http://www.geezam.com/why-apple-iphone-6s-apple-TV-apple-ipad-pro-with-pencil-spells-success/
- Nate, R. (2015, September 17). Amazon’s new Fire TV streams 4K video for $100. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/products/amazon-fire-TV-4k/
- Nieva, R. (2015, September 17). With new Fire TV and Tablets, Amazon’s rivalry with Apple heats up. Retrieved from http://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-fire-Tablets-TV-apple-rivalry/