With the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9-inch version now nine months old, it comes as no surprise that there is now talk of a new version. Amazon did a very good job with the current model and offered Android users an alternative to other tablets, but at a cheaper price. However, with rumors of a Nexus 9 for late 2014, we have to wonder how the two will compete with each other?
Let’s get one thing straight, we know that Google is working on an 8.9-inch Nexus tablet, which we believe will be with HTC, but we are uncertain if it will be the Nexus 8 or 9. The smart money would be on the latter, but there have been some rather strange rumors that suggest the Nexus 8 could be a 8.9-inch device, which to us seems a bit too far-fetched.
New Kindle Fire HDX vs. Nexus 9 – While is would be silly to say which of the two tablets is the better choice because neither have been unveiled, we can try to get a general idea based on latest rumors. Take the new Kindle Fire HDX for example, this tablet has been rumored to come with a 1600 x 2560 display with 339 PPI, the same as the current version, but will come with an improved processor and GPU, so a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 CPU and Adreno 420 graphics processor unit. From the looks of it everything else remains the same, which could be an issue for Amazon seeing as though the competition is set to up their game.
The Nexus 9 specs, or 8.9-inch device as we currently know it as could come with a 2048×1440 resolution display at 281pp, as a Nvidia Logan 64-bit Tegra K1 processor and 2GB or RAM. However, where it will benefit is from a naked version of Android L.
Not much else is known about these two 8.9-inch tablets, but we suspect they will have a release date very close to each other. We base this on the fact that the current 8.9-inch HDX was release in the US on November 7th, and with Android KitKat being released on the last day of October last year, it stands to reasons that the 2014 version will follow the same sort of release cycle.