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The Kindle Fire HD features an 8.9-inch 1920x1200, 254ppi display. It includes an HD front-facing camera, HDMI output, Bluetooth connectivity, and a laminated touch sensor for better visuals and 25-percent less glare. Under the hood, Amazon has dropped in a Texas Instruments OMAP 4470 processor.

Description

Successor to the popular iPad 2 and furthering Apple's push towards post-PC computing, the "new iPad" features a Retina display at the same 9.7-inch size as its predecessor but with doubled pixel density. The rear camera shares the optics system of the iPhone 4S for better photo quality. Optional 4G LTE is another addition, with theoretical download speeds of up to 72Mbps.

Whereas the original Galaxy Note was somewhere between a phone and tablet, its enlarged 10.1-inch sibling is clearly in the latter category. The Galaxy Note 10.1 runs Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and features the same S-Pen stylus support and handwriting recognition found in the original Note.

Surface is Microsoft's first tablet, and it's designed around Windows 8. Surface comes in two distinct versions, one model running Windows RT and one running Windows 8 Pro. The Windows RT model has an ARM processor, and though it still has the classic desktop, it loses the ability to run legacy apps. Microsoft is heavily featuring their Touch Cover for Surface, a thin screen cover that doubles as full keyboard. Surface can also accept stylus input.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Nov. 20, 2012
  • Price at launch: $299.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Mar. 16, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Aug. 16, 2012
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Oct. 26, 2012
  • Price at launch: $499.00
  • Height: 9.45 inches
  • Width: 6.5 inches
  • Thickness: .35 inches
  • Weight: 1.25 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Height: 9.5 inches
  • Width: 7.31 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.44 pounds
  • Color: Silver / Black, Silver / White
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Height: 7.1 inches
  • Width: 10.3 inches
  • Thickness: 0.35 inches
  • Weight: 1.31 pounds
  • Color: Black / Silver, White / Silver
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 10.81 inches
  • Width: 6.77 inches
  • Thickness: 0.37 inches
  • Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Screen size (diagonal): 8.9 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1920 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1200 px
  • PPI: 254
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 9.7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1536 px
  • Resolution (Y): 2048 px
  • PPI: 264
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.1 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 149
  • Touchscreen type: Dual-digitizer
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 10.6 inches
  • Technology: LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1366 px
  • Resolution (Y): 768 px
  • PPI: 148
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android

Software

  • Operating system: iOS
  • Launch OS version: 5.1
  • Media streaming: AirPlay
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: Android 4.0
  • Media streaming: DLNA, AllShare
  • Operating system: Windows RT
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4470
  • Clock speed: 1.5 GHz
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • CPU brand: Apple
  • CPU model: A5X
  • Cores: 2
  • Clock speed: 1.4 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Cores: 4
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • RAM size: 2 GB
  • Internal size: 32 GB, 16 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 64 GB, 32 GB
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • Bluetooth: Yes

Connectivity

  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • 802.11n frequencies: 5GHz, 2.4GHz
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 4.0

Front Camera

  • Video resolution: VGA
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Effective pixels: 1.9 megapixels
  • Video resolution: 720p

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 1080p
  • Video framerate: 30
  • Effective pixels: 5 megapixels
  • Flash: Single LED
  • Focus type: Autofocus
  • Video resolution: 720p
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB, HDMI

Ports

  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: iPod
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Proprietary
  • Video out: Yes
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: USB
Proximity, Ambient Light, Accelerometer

Sensors

Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer

Battery

  • Capacity: 42.5 Wh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 10 hr
  • Capacity: 7000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Capacity: 31.5 Wh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
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