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If you are looking to pick up the Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet with a suitable 4G LTE connectivity plan, we’ve a good news for you. It has been officially confirmed that AT&T subscribers will be able to purchase the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 tablet at the carrier’s retail stores and online starting Friday on April 5th. AT&T will charge $ 399 for the 4G LTE capable Fire HD 8.9 tablet and users will have to sign-up for a two-year contract agreement with the carrier. Back in September 2012, Amazon has launched the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, along with 7-inch Fire HD, new 7-inch Kindle Fire and a Kindle Paperwhite Reader.
For a limited time, AT&T will offer the device for a reasonable price at $ 249. That means you’ll receive up to $ 150 off. The device will be blazing along with 4G LTE speeds. The buyers will have to subscribe for an AT&T LTE data plan for as low as $ 10 per month with the carrier’s Mobile Share plans to get the tablet.
Here’s the reminder of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 features:
# 8.9 inch IPS display with 1920 x 1200 pixels of resolution and 254 ppi
# 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470 dual-core processor
# PowerVR SGX544 GPU
# 1 gigabyte of RAM
# 8.8mm thin body
# Front-facing HD camera
# 32GB of internal memory storage
# Dual band Wi-Fi
# Dolby Digital Plus sound, Dual Stereo speakers
# Up to 10 hours of battery life
# Clod accelerated Amazon Silk browser
# A set of preinstalled apps – Immersion Reading, X-Ray for Movies, X-Ray for Textbooks, and Whispersync for Voice and Games
Who is buying this tablet?
You got to love Amazon as they have a special treat for those who want to spend Valentine’s Day a little bit different. Call it marketing but we have to admit, they do know how to create some love. If you or your significant other happens to plan of owning a tablet, we do suggest to consider Amazon’s offering as the company is giving a $ 50 discount on its Kindle Fire HDs.
Dimension wise, this tablet is 9.45 x 6.5 x 0.35 inches, and weighs 20 ounces (oz.). It sports an 8.9-inch display that gives of 1920 x 1200 pixel resolution or at 254 pixels per inch (PPI) desnsity. The processor in-charge is the TI OMAP 4470 while for its operating system (OS), the slate has Android on it. It comes with 16GB of internal storage and has dual speakers, a front-facing HD camera and HDMI out. Amazon boasts that the Kindle Fire HD is the first tablet with dual-band (2.4GHz and 5 GHz) MIMO technology which enables its Wi-Fi to be 41 percent faster.
The Wi-Fi only variant of the Kindle Fire HD that has 16GB of space will retail for $ 269. The more sophisticated variant which has LTE and comes with 32GB sells for $ 449. Hurry up as the deals run up until February 8th.
Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD is reasonably fine as it already is, but we wouldn’t complain if there’s more to it, like the capability for high-end gaming perhaps? As a matter of fact, that feature is something that Amazon Kindle Fire can do. Both versions of the Kindle Fire, the 7-inch and the 8.9-inch, are packed with a graphics engine that can do way more than initially believed. It is said to be capable of carrying out OpenCL acceleration which could make the tablet fit for high-end gaming.
In case you did not know, OpenCL is a framework used for writing programs that is capable of enhancing frame rates while lessening the consumption of power. It optimizes frame rates by up to 50% and decreases power consumption by the same rate. OpenCL does so by freeing the processor from some computational work and then giving such to the under-utilized but significantly parallel GPU.
Amazon is working with Imagination Technlogies to try this concept. However, Amazon has not shown to put the OpenCL in operation in the Kindle Fire HD tablets. Imagination has explained that such decision to hold back was brought from the fear of giving too much access to the GPU to third-party developers, which in turn, could make the device unstable. But it’s not really out of the question that Amazon will implement the prototype in the future, so let’s just see what goes on ahead.
On this article, you can see that TI Omap 4470 processor is very capable of rendering high-end graphics on tablets (or mobile devices). However, what hinders Kindle Fire HD is its PowerVR SGX544 GPU not being used extensively to exhaust its resources on graphic-related processing. Perhaps, OpenCL might give that needed to boost once Amazon released its new Kindle tablets this year.
So the holidays are over, but good deals do not end with them. To prep up for the coming winter school term, Amazon is offering students the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 at a deep discount. The deal? $ 50 off on the the kindle tablet, that means students will be able to grab their own Kindle tablet starting from a price of $ 249. And the deal will stay long enough as it will be offered in the whole month of January.
The deal is offered only for the student members of Amazon with an active prime account which may come with a free sixth-month offer or a $ 39 per year plan. So if you’re a student and not yet a member, you should probably sign up now, but you will be needing your .edu email address for that.
The $ 50 off deal is good for any any version of the Kindle Fire HD. There’s the WiFi-only version which comes in denominations of 16 GB and 32 GB. The discounted prices are $ 249 and $ 319 respectively. There’s also the 4G LTE version of the tablet, which also comes in two models, 32 GB which sells at a discounted price of $ 449 and 64 GB with a sale price of $ 549.