Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 review

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Battery life on the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 is excellent. Amazon promises up to 10 hours of mixed use, but that figure is really meaningless because mixed use is different for everyone.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

In our testing, it averaged anywhere between 7-10 hours of use, which included some games, streaming TV shows, checking e-mail and browsing the web. By today's standards, we'd say the battery held up rather well.

If you plan on giving this thing extensive use on a daily basis, which is a little hard to imagine, you may need to charge it every day. Otherwise, every other day will be just fine.


What the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has over the 7-inch model is a rear camera. It's OK, but not great. In low-light situations, instead of increasing ISO or sensor sensitivity, the shutter speed drops rather dramatically. This results in more blurry images.

Color reproduction is also OK, but not the greatest, and images tend to look noisy and oversharpened, too. We'd compare the images produced by the 8MP rear camera to those being taken by smartphones about three or four years ago.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

Surprisingly, if you can hold it perfectly still, HDR works nicely. Light and dark areas of your scene will have good detail, and there is little to no halo effect on edges, which is nice.

Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 8 9 review

In the end, we wouldn't run around with the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 taking pictures all day, but we suppose it's nice to have in a pinch or if you're using it to record or broadcast video.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTablet
Flash Memory Capacity16 GB
Processor ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ManufacturerQualcomm
Graphics Controller ModelAdreno 330
Wireless LANYes
Optical Drive TypeNo
Graphics Memory AccessibilityShared
Maximum Battery Run Time18 Hour
Product FamilyKindle Fire HDX
Front Camera/WebcamYes
Operating System PlatformFire OS
Operating SystemFire OS 3.0
Brand NameAmazon
Form FactorSlate
Processor Speed2.20 GHz
Processor TypeSnapdragon 800
Screen Size22.6 cm (8.9")
Screen Resolution2560 x 1600
Standard Memory2 GB
Weight (Approximate)374 g
Processor CoreQuad-core (4 Core)
Display Screen TypeActive Matrix TFT Colour LCD
WWAN SupportedNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Height157.5 mm
Width231.1 mm
Depth7.9 mm
Screen ModeWQXGA, Inc
Product NameAll-New Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" Tablet
Product LineKindle Fire HDX
Aspect Ratio16:10
Manufacturer Part NumberB00DOPNLJ0
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing InformationGo Beyond HD

The exclusive HDX display brings together unsurpassed pixel density (339 ppi), perfect color accuracy (100% sRGB), reduced glare, and improved brightness for a superior viewing experience

Breakthrough ultra-light design

Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" can be held comfortably with one hand-enjoy movies, games, and books for hours on end

Limited Warranty1 Year