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Newest Kindle Fire comes with 8-megapixel camera

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The new Kindle Fire HDX also comes with an updated camera app.

Amazon announced the next generation of its Kindle Fire tablets today, the Kindle Fire HDX in a 7-inch and 8.9-inch version. 

Amazon's touting that both offer a powerful quad-core Snapdragon 800 2.2 GHz processor, 11 hours of battery life and high-definition display resolutions (1920x1200 at 323 ppi for the 7" version, 2560x1600 at 339 ppi for the 8.9" model). The new devices are running revamped software as well, and Fire OS 3.0 "Mojito" should offer users loads of updated features as well as more Amazon music and cloud storage services.

We're most interested in the flagship version of the device, the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9", which introduces a new 8-megapixel primary camera. While the Kindle Fire's camera capabilities have previously focused on selfies and Skype, an 8MP camera component makes the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" an imaging tool worth looking at. The camera can shoot 1080p HD video, offers an LED flash, f/2.2 lens, digital image stabilization and support for panorama and HDR photos. A new camera app also includes photo editing features and a new filmstrip mode.

The 7" Kindle Fire HDX starts at $229, available for pre-order starting today and will begin shipping October 18. The 4G version is $329 and is also available for pre-order; it's expected begin shipping November 14.

The 8.9" Kindle Fire HDX starts at $379. It is available for pre-order starting today and will begin shipping on November 7. The 4G version is $479, also available for pre-order today and will begin shipping December 10.

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