The Fire HD, also known as Kindle Fire HD, is a member of the Amazon Kindle Fire family of tablet computers. The eight generation family consists of: 7" (2012 model), 8.9" (2012 model), 7" (2013 model), 6" & 7" (2014 models), 8" & 10.1" (2015 models), 8" (2016 model), 8" & 10.1" (2017 models), and 8" (2018 model).
|Amazon Fire HD|
Fire HD (2012) 8.9"
|Operating system||Latest: Fire OS 6 (Based On Android 7)
Previous Versions: Fire OS 126.96.36.199 (Based On Android 5.1.1)Fire OS 7.5.1 (Based On Android 4.0.3)
|CPU||ARM core (see table)|
|Memory||Kindle Fire HD 7 (2012), Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (2012), Kindle Fire HD (2013), Fire HD 6 & 7 (2014), Fire HD 8 & 10 (2015) - 1 GB Ram
Fire HD 8 (2016, 2017 & 2018) - 1.5 GB RamFire HD 10 (2017) - 2 GB Ram
|Storage||8–64 GB Flash (internal)|
|Removable storage||MicroSDXC slot (Fire HD 8- 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 & Fire HD 10 - 2015 & 2017|
|Display||6", 7", 8", 8.9" (mostly HDX models), 10.1" LCD|
|Camera||Kindle Fire HD 7 (2012) & Kindle Fire HD 8.9 (2012) No Rear Camera, 1.3 MP HD 720p Front Camera
Kindle Fire HD (2013) -No Rear Or Front Cameras
Fire HD 6 & 7 (2014) - 2 MP Rear Camera, 0.3 MP Front Camera
Fire HD 8 & 10 (2015) - 5 MP Rear Camera, 1.3 MP HD 720p Front Camera
Fire HD 8 (2016) - 2 MP Rear Camera, 0.3 MP Front CameraFire HD 8 (2017) & Fire HD 10 (2017) - 2 MP Rear Camera, 0.3 Front Camera (Fire HD 8, 8th Generation has also 2 MP Front Camera)
|Connectivity||Micro-USB 2.0 (type B), Micro-HDMI, |
3.5mm stereo jack, 802.11 Wi-Fi,
4G LTE (8.9" model), Bluetooth
|Online services||Amazon Prime, Amazon Cloud Storage, Amazon Cloud Player, Amazon video, Amazon Silk, Amazon Appstore, Amazon Kindle Store|
|Predecessor||Kindle Fire, Fire HDX|
|Website||Amazon Fire HD|
The first model was announced on September 6, 2012 and was available in two versions, 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.
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. In addition, the name "Kindle" was officially removed from the tablets' name.
In September 2015, Amazon released a new range of Fire tablets with 7, 8, and 10.1 inch sizes. The 7 inch was simply called the Fire 7, while the 8" and 10.1" were called Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 respectively. The Fire 7 is unique as it is, thus far, the lowest priced Fire tablet at $50. In September 2016, Amazon announced the new Fire HD 8 with Alexa starting at $90.
In 2017, the seventh Generation Fire 7 Fire HD 8 were released. Some differences between the 6th and 7th Generation HD 8 models were the price, the gyroscope removal, the increase of maximum SD card expansion, and the better graphics chip.
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. 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. The device has two Wi-Fi antennas on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands which utilize MIMO to improve reception. The Fire HD also added Bluetooth connectivity allowing users to connect an array of wireless accessories including keyboards. 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.
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.
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.
The Fire HD 8 and 10 fifth generation uses Fire OS 5 "Bellini" and was released in late 2015. In September 2016, Amazon released virtual assistant Alexa for the sixth generation Fire tablets.
The 2018 model of the Fire HD 8 has Fire OS 6 preinstalled, which is based on Android 7. It also includes Alexa Hands-Free and the new "Show Mode", in which the tablet acts like an Amazon Echo Show.
|Generation (within Fire tablets)||2nd generation (2012)||2.5th generation (2012)||3rd generation (2013)||4th generation (2014)||5th generation (2015)||6th generation (2016)||7th generation (2017)||8th generation (2018)|
|Model||Kindle Fire HD 7"||Kindle Fire HD 8.9"||Kindle Fire HD||Fire HD 6 and 7||Fire HD 8 and 10||Fire HD 8||Fire HD 10||Fire HD 8|
|Release date||September 14, 2012||November 20, 2012||October 2, 2013||October 2, 2014||September 30, 2015||September 21, 2016||June 7, 2017||October 11, 2017||October 4, 2018|
|OS||Based on Android 4.0.3||Fire OS 4||Fire OS 5||Fire OS 6|
|System Version||7.5.1||8.5.1||188.8.131.52||184.108.40.206||220.127.116.11||18.104.22.168 |
|Screen||Size (diagonal)||7 in (18 cm)||8.9 in (23 cm)||7 in (18 cm)||HD 6: 6 in (15 cm)
HD 7: 7 in (18 cm)
|HD 8: 8 in (20 cm)
HD 10: 10 in (25 cm)
|8 in (20 cm)||10.1 in (26 cm)||8 in (20 cm)|
|Resolution||1280 × 800||1920 × 1200||1280 × 800||1920 x 1200||1280 x 800|
|Density||216 ppi||254 ppi||216 ppi||HD 6: 252 ppi
HD 7: 216 ppi
|HD 8: 189 ppi
HD 10: 149 ppi
|189 ppi||224 ppi||189 ppi|
|Kind||Dual-core OMAP4||Quad-core ARM big.LITTLE||Quad-core|
|Model||4460 HS||4470 HS||MT8135V||MT8163V/B||MT8173||MT8163V/B|
|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
|4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.3 GHz||2x ARM Cortex-A72 @ 1.8 GHz
2x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.4 GHz
|4x ARM Cortex-A53 @ 1.3 GHz|
|GPU||Designer||Imagination Technologies||ARM Holdings||Imagination Technologies||ARM Holdings|
|Model||SGX540||SGX544||G6200||T720 MP2||GX6250||T720 MP2|
|Clock||384 MHz||450 MHz||650 MHz ||?||?||?|
|RAM||1 GiB||1.5 GiB||2 GiB||1.5 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
|16 GB or 32 GB||32 GB or 64 GB||16 GB or 32 GB|
|+Cellular||N/A||32 GB or 64 GB||N/A|
|External||N/A||Up to 128 GB microSDXC||Up to 200 GB microSDXC||Up to 256 GB microSDXC||Up to 400 GB microSDXC|
|Camera||Back||N/A||2 MP||5 MP||2 MP|
|Front||1.3 MP HD 720p||N/A||0.3 MP||1.3 MP HD 720p||0.3 MP||2 MP|
|HDMI||microHDMI||N/A||Amazon HDMI Adapter||N/A|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth 3.0 + EDR
(HID and A2DP profiles only)
|Bluetooth 4.0 + EDR
(HID and A2DP profiles only)
|Bluetooth 4.0 LE||Bluetooth 4.1 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||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n||Dual-band a/b/g/n/ac||Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n|
|+Cellular||N/A||adds 4G LTE||N/A|
|+Cellular||N/A||adds GPS and aGPS||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)
|341 g (12.0 oz)||369 g (13.0 oz)||500 g (17.7 oz)||363 g (12.8 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)
|214 mm × 128 mm × 9.2 mm
(8.43 in × 5.04 in × 0.36 in)
|214 mm × 128 mm × 9.7 mm
(8.43 in × 5.04 in × 0.38 in)
|262 mm x 159 mm x 9.8 mm (10.3 in x 6.3 in x 0.4 in)||214 mm x 128 mm x 9.7 mm (8.4 in x 5.0 in x 0.4 in)|
|Battery||4400 mAh||6000 mAh||4400 mAh||8.5 hours||3830mAh / 8 hours||4750 mAh/ 12 hours||6300mAh / 10 hours||10 hours|
*table above only includes data on "HD"-branded tablets
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