With a faster processor and a new version of the Fire OS to convince the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. COMPUTER BILD has the unit subjected to a practical test.
D he Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 receives an update. The new version has already appeared on the Chinese side AnTuTu benchmark. Instead of a Snapdragon 800 was in the results of a Snapdragon 805 the speech. The Qualcomm’s flagship receives support from an Adreno 420 GPU. Up to date is also the operating system: instead of Android 4.2 used in the predecessor to the current Android 4.4 KitKat used. Can it compete with Apple’s new iPad 2 Air? COMPUTER BILD has a feel.
Like its predecessor, Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 (fourth generation) makes the new model with a high quality and robust. The display is clean enclosed in the housing shell and the buttonless, rounded edge design of the case is well received. Only Headphone output and USB port are still on the side. The only hardware buttons – power switch and volume control – sit together with the 8-megapixel main camera on the back. This tablet also safe in the hands, the manufacturer still counts on a rubberized back. So also no pesky fingerprints are visible on the back
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. The new Amazon tablet angetestet
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Hardware Amazon has screwed since its predecessor from last year but little to the equipment. The Snapdragon 805 2.5 GHz clock frequency is new and works compared to its predecessor with Snapdragon chip 800-bit faster. What remains unchanged is the 2-gigabyte memory. The HDX display with 8.9 inch also offers no innovation and solves with 2560×1600 pixels. The viewing angle is large enough so that it is sufficient also to recognize from a side view. Also brightness and pixel density of 339 dpi is sufficient to show films and videos clean. As usual, also the display of the Fire HDX 8.9 strongly reflected upon incidence of sunlight. The internal memory is depending on the model 16, 32 or 64 gigabytes. Video: Kindle Fire HDX
Operation Amazon’s Fire OS 4.0 adds Android 4.4 KitKat in a practical way – the top menu bar shows, for example, all media categories, such as music, video or photo, and a search function. On the Home screen, recent apps are displayed in large format – which is handy and helps speed up access to frequently used apps. Is wiped from the page To the top, so the app folder appears with all the available apps. Of course, it is also here create folder in which you can insert Apps. In terms of pace, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 shines and provides a fluid operation of the new Fire-OS operating system, even if multiple apps running in the background.
As the third generation, the new Fire HDX 8.9 fast LTE connection, wireless-n, location detection via GPS, micro-USB port and Bluetooth 4.0.
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