The Kindle Fire HDX Internals
There may be no expandable memory, but the Fire HDX certainly isn’t lacking in internal options. The 16GB version will run you $229; the 32GB is $269; and the 64GB model is priced at $309. Those tiers all include Special Offers, the built-in advertising platform that helps Amazon subsidize the Fire’s price even further. That pricing is on par with the base Nexus 7 and $20 more than the Fire HD. Shaking off Special Offers will cost you $15, and if you need internet access everywhere you go, you can expect to add $100 for a 4G model. That will be available from AT&T and, for the first time, Verizon. The 4G version can also be bundled in with AT&T’s Mobile Share and Verizon’s Share Everything plans for $10 a month.
The processor, like just about everything else, has also gotten a refresh — quite a big one, in fact. With the proper tools, or just a big hammer and a reckless disregard for the sanctity of Android tablets, you’ll find a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor buried inside, a notable upgrade from last year’s 1.2GHz dual-core chip. It’s also got a bit more juice than the Nexus 7’s 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm SoC. Unlike last year’s RAM mystery, Amazon’s also gotten in the habit of listing memory on its spec sheet — not surprising, now that it’s increased the allotment to 2GB. The company is also clearly making a play at the gaming market, with the addition of an Adreno 330 GPU, which promises four times the performance of the HD, according to the company.