8.1/10
Informr score
The Kindle Fire HDX currently has an Informr score of 8.1 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 37 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • High resolution screen with 100% color accuracy
  • Excellent processing speed
  • Lightweight

What's bad

  • Somewhat awkward button layout
  • Lack of UI customization
  • Lack of Google Play access

The Kindle Fire HDX offers many of the same features as the HDX 8.9” in a smaller package. While the larger HDX 8.9” does have a slightly higher resolution, most reviewers agree that this HDX still offers excellent resolution with the 1920×1200 display and also offers 100% color accuracy. Aside from the quality, Amazon also touts that the screen offers reduced glare. Engadget notes, however, that the display is actually quite glossy and can lead to issues with readability in bright light.

Thanks to a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM, processing was smooth according to most. Gizmodo goes so far as to say that running anything on the HDX “is as pleasant as it is buttery smooth.”

High praises are also given by reviewers for the overall design and feel. With the first generation Kindle Fire, many found the button placement awkward. This new model seems to solve those problems by repositioning the buttons. Gigaom mentions that the power and volume buttons are easy to use even with one hand. In addition, this tablet is also much lighter than its predecessors, weighing in at 303 grams (10.7 ounces) for the WiFi only version.

For the most part, there are very few complaints. Despite improvements with some design issues, Gizmodo notes that there still are a few quirks with the button layout and an oddly angled microUSB port. One of the main drawbacks, however, is that it runs on its own OS Fire 3.0 Mojito. The new OS does offer more features; however Techland and others noticed a lack of customization in the UI; most notably the fact that it does not support desktop widgets. In addition, the Kindle does not offer access to the Google Play store.

Despite a few drawbacks, most reviewers agree that the Kindle Fire HDX is a very solid tablet. Techcrunch notes that as “general-purpose media device, it’s great.”


Operating system
Fire OS
Processor
2.2 GHz
Screen Size
7"
Camera
Yes


What the Critics Are Saying...


What Hi-Fi

With its fantastic screen, fast navigation and excellent multimedia performance, the Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7 is a fantastic tablet that impresses in so many ways but fails in one big one: choice.The closed nature of the Amazon ecosystem makes us long for the airy openness of Google Play, with its w...

- Kob Monney, What Hi-Fi
TechnoBuffalo

For what it’s designed to do, the Kindle Fire HDX is a superstar. Amazon has always used its products to shuttle consumers to its online ecosystem, and the HDX is no different—but that’s not a bad thing at all. If you’re familiar with Amazon products, you’ll find the co...

- Brandon Russell, TechnoBuffalo
Know Your Mobile

This isn’t a tablet for power users or content creators. This is a tablet for someone who lives in Amazon’s ecosystem. Maybe they already have a Kindle ereader and a large selection of Kindle books. If so, this is the perfect tablet for them. And given the new Mayday Amazon Tech help fea...

- Michael Grothaus, Know Your Mobile
TechRadar

For the right kind of customer, the Kindle Fire HDX is the perfect tablet. And who is that customer? Someone who doesn't want to much more than consume content on their tablet.For the customisation you give up, you gain simplicity and ease of use. We'd like to call this the sort of tablet you give t...

- Gareth Beavis, TechRadar
Digital Versus

The Amazon Kindle Fire HDX 7" is a good-quality tablet, offering great performances, smooth and speedy operation, plus one of the best displays in the current mobile device market. However, it's held back by the restrictive OS that puts Amazon and its various services at the heart of the device. Thi...

- Axel Mendy, Digital Versus


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Screen Size
7"

The Kindle Fire HDX's screen size is 7 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
2.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
Yes
There is a front-facing camera with resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
Unknown

The tablet is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery. Amazon's performance ratings are 11 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Kindle Fire HDX Specs

Overview
Release date October 18, 2013
Regions available USA
Mobile / Cellular Data
No (Option available)
variations
Networks
No
variations
SIM card size
No
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System No

Compare Fire OS Tablets

Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad core 2.2 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
RAM 2 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity No
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time 6 hours
Video Playback Time Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 11 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Up to: 17 hours
Standby Time Unknown
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.7 x 18.5 x 0.9 cm (5 x 7.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 303 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 323 pixels
Size 7 inches
Sensors Ambient Light, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry Unknown
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech Yes
Screen Reader Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact No
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, HSP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Unknown
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
Unknown
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, MP4, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, AMR-WB, WMA, WAV, OGG, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Stereo
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock No
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types AZW, BMP, DOC, DOCX, MOBL, PDF, PPT, PPTX, TXT, XLS
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Kindle Fire HDX 7", Fire 7" HDX

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