In addition to the two new Kindle e-readers announced today, Amazon has refreshed the Kindle Fire HD tablets with a 6-inch model for $99 and a 7-inch model for $139. According to the retailer’s specifications of the two new models, Amazon has doubled the speed of the previous generation Fire HD as well as tripled the graphics performance for games.
On both sizes, the Goriila Glass LCD display runs at 1280 x 800 resolution, which is identical to the previous generation. New features added to the Fire HD line include pre-caching video for Amazon Instant Video and content sharing (books, games, apps) between members of the same family. The new line of Kindle Fire HD tablets also come in a variety of colors and will be shipping out to customers in early October.
The retail giant also announced a version of the Kindle Fire HD that’s specifically targeted at rambunctious children. Also available in the same two screen sizes, the Fire HD Kids Edition tablet includes a thick, rubber case that’s framed around the tablet, specifically designed to cushion the tablet when dropped. On top of that, Amazon is also guaranteeing the tablet for two years in case a child does find a way to smash the tablet. Customers that need to return one of the Fire HD Kids Edition tablets will simply drop it in the mail and receive a brand new tablet in return.