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Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 gaming review Vs rivals

We have showed you how the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 tablet compares against the likes of the Nexus 7 2013 and Nook HD+ in terms of specs, but now it is time to see how the Kindle Fire HDX can handle itself in terms of gaming potential.

It’s remarkable to think that Amazon initially launched the Kindle as an e-book reader predominantly. Now though, we’re at a stage where the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 can match Google’s mighty Nexus 7 2013 in all areas – including handling the latest and most demanding games that the Amazon AppStore can throw at it.

Firstly, let’s remind you what the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 has featured under the hood. Gaming is possible on the device thanks to a Adreno 330 graphics setup. This is the same GPU that is featured on devices such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, the Galaxy S4 and the Nexus 5.

It means that Amazon hasn’t messed around when it comes to putting the best chips inside their current flagship tablet. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is also one of the best and strongest quad-core chips on the market at the moment, so in theory the Kindle Fire HDX should be able to handle any game on the Amazon Store with ease.

Digging deeper into this though, there is one underlying fact that this tablet doesn’t include access to the Google Play Store. Being an Amazon device, that means that you get access to the Amazon store instead – which means less apps to play.

Asphalt 8 looks great on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9
Asphalt 8 looks great on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9

What we can bring you though is a Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 gaming review from a selection of games that are supported on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. These include the likes of Real Boxing, Dragon Slayer, Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 4.

Apart from some potential optimization issues for Real Boxing, you’ll be pleased to hear that all the games mentioned above run fantastic on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. Modern Combat 4 and Asphalt 8 are two particular highlights, so we can definitely say that the Kindle Fire HDX is a tablet that is suitable for hardcore gaming aside from casual usage.

For further analysis, we’ve included some technical demos from Qualcomm showing the Snapdragon 800 chip in more detail. You may also find this spec sheet on the CPU and GPU fitted inside the Kindle Fire HDX useful here.

How is your gaming experience on the Kindle Fire HDX 8.9? Would you say that it is right up there with competing tablets on the market or not?

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Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

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