Kindle Fire HD 4th Gen from Amazon Shrinks to 6″ and $99

October 2nd Heralds the New Kindle Fire HD 6 On the Cheap

Amazon’s Kindle Fire line of tablets has always targeted the budget segment while not making too many compromises on the features. The key phrase, of course, is “too many”, and that’s especially true in the case of their latest Kindle Fire HD, which now sports a 6″ screen in lieu of the prior three generations’ 7″. The 1280×800 screen resolution remains the same, just a smidge above 720p, while the reduction of screen size bumps up the pixel density a bit, from 215 ppi to 251 ppi. Not terrible by any means, but not exactly gunning for the top spot, either. Still, for the bargain price of $99 you’re still getting quite a decent deal. Check out the detailed specs:

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 4th Generation

Screen Size & Type 6″ IPS
Resolution & PPI 1280×800 (251ppi)
Processor Quad core 1.5Ghz
Sound Mono
WiFi Single channel 802.11n
Camera VGA front, 2MP Rear
Storage 8 or 16GB*
Size 6.7″ X 4.1″ X 0.4″
(169 X 103 X 10.7 mm)
Weight 10.1 Ounces (290 Grams)
* Price varies by capacity

Amazon is billing the new Kindle Fire HD as “The most powerful tablet under $100″, and they just might be right. While it’s a safe bet their quad core CPU is probably nothing to write home about, especially in comparison to some of the new Windows 7″ tablets with a quad core Atom for just $119, it’s really the IPS screen that sells this as a worthy package–something most tablets in this price range don’t usually offer. At 6″ and 10 Ounces, the new Kindle Fire HD 6” tablet eReader is very portable (about the size of phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Mega or Nokia Lumia 1520), making it a possible contender for those who want something bigger than a typical smartphone (or want to preserve the phone’s battery life for, you know, phone stuff) but not as big as an iPad mini or other similar tablet.

What do you think? Is Amazon’s new 6″ Kindle Fire HD the eReader for you?

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