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The smaller version of the Amazon Kindle Fire HD has a 1280 x 800 7-inch IPS screen. Other than the different display size, the Android-based tablet features the same dual-anntena 5GHz Wi-Fi, stereo speakers, OMAP 4470 processor from Texas Instruments, HDMI, and Bluetooth connectivity as the 8.9-inch Fire HD.

Description

The Kindle Fire has a multitouch-capable 7-inch IPS display, a dual-core processor, and at 14.6 ounces, a pretty lightweight frame. The resolution on that screen is 1024 x 600. The battery is rated to last for eight hours of continuous reading or 7.5 hours of video playback (with WiFi switched off). For 2012 it was updated with doubled RAM and a faster processor.

Announced at Google's 2012 I/O conference, the Nexus 7 is the first tablet to be part of the Google-produced Nexus line of Android devices and is built by Asus. It was designed to compete against other budget tablets like the Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet but differentiates itself with an unmodified version of Android 4.1.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is an Android 4.0 tablet with a 7-inch display. Similar in design to the original Galaxy Tab, the 10.5mm thin tablet has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

The Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble features a low-glare ("fully laminated") 7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display from LG, 8GB of internal storage, and 512MB of RAM. This model with halved RAM and onboard storage was introduced 3 months after the initial Nook Tablet model to comete directly with the Amazon Fire selling at the same price.

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 14, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.00

Availability

  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Sep. 14, 2012
  • Price at launch: $159.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Jul. 12, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Apr. 22, 2012
  • Price at launch: $249.99
  • Status: Available
  • Availability date: Feb. 21, 2012
  • Price at launch: $199.00
  • Height: 7.6 inches
  • Width: 5.4 inches
  • Thickness: .4 inches
  • Weight: .87 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo

Hardware

  • Height: 7.5 inches
  • Width: 4.7 inches
  • Thickness: 0.45 inches
  • Weight: 0.91 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 7.82 inches
  • Width: 4.72 inches
  • Thickness: .41 inches
  • Weight: .75 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Stereo
  • Height: 7.63 inches
  • Width: 4.82 inches
  • Thickness: 0.41 inches
  • Weight: 0.76 pounds
  • Color: Black
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Height: 8.1 inches
  • Width: 5 inches
  • Thickness: 0.48 inches
  • Weight: 0.88 pounds
  • Color: Gray
  • Speakers: Mono
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 216
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes

Display

  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 1280 px
  • Resolution (Y): 800 px
  • PPI: 216
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: Super PLS
  • Resolution (X): 1024 px
  • Resolution (Y): 600 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Screen size (diagonal): 7 inches
  • Technology: IPS LCD
  • Resolution (X): 600 px
  • Resolution (Y): 1024 px
  • PPI: 170
  • Touchscreen type: Capacitive
  • Multitouch: Yes
  • Operating system: Android

Software

  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Kindle
  • Launch OS version: 2.3.3
  • Operating system: Android
  • Launch OS version: 4.1
  • Media streaming: DLNA
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Samsung TouchWiz
  • Launch OS version: 4.0
  • Operating system: Android
  • Skin: Nook Color
  • Notable apps: Hulu Plus, Netflix
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4460
  • Clock speed: 1.2 GHz
  • Cores: 2

Processor

  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • CPU model: OMAP4430
  • Clock speed: 1.2 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: Nvidia
  • CPU family: Tegra 3
  • Clock speed: 1.3 GHz
  • Cores: 4
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2
  • CPU brand: TI
  • CPU family: OMAP 4
  • Clock speed: 1 GHz
  • Cores: 2

GPU

  • Brand: Imagination Technologies
  • Model: PowerVR SGX540
  • Brand: Nvidia
  • Model: GeForce
  • RAM size: 1 GB

Memory

  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 1 GB
  • RAM size: 512 MB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 32 GB

Storage

  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • Internal size: 16 GB, 8 GB, 32 GB
  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • Internal size: 8 GB
  • External storage: Yes
  • External storage support: microSD
  • Max external size: 32 GB
  • 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
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0
  • NFC: Yes
  • 3G: Yes
  • UMTS / HSPA: Yes
  • UMTS frequencies: 2100, 1900, 900
  • WWAN data standards: HSPA+
  • Max. WWAN downlink speed: 21 Mbps
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • GPS: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Bluetooth version: 3.0
  • Wi-Fi: Yes
  • Wi-Fi support: 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b
  • Bluetooth: No

Front Camera

  • Effective pixels: 1.2 megapixels
  • Effective pixels: 0.3 megapixels
  • Video resolution: VGA

Rear Camera

  • Effective pixels: 3 megapixels
  • Focus type: Fixed
  • Headphone: 3.5mm
  • Data connections: Micro USB, HDMI

Ports

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

Sensors

Ambient Light, Accelerometer
Ambient Light, Gyroscope, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Proximity, Ambient Light, Compass / Magnetometer, Accelerometer
Accelerometer
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 11 hr

Battery

  • Capacity: 4400 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 7.5 hr
  • Capacity: 4326 mAh
  • Quoted use time: 8 hr
  • Capacity: 4000 mAh
  • Removable: No
  • Quoted use time: 9 hr

Benchmarks

  • Quadrant: 2011
  • SunSpider: 2541.9 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 5 hour 47 minutes
  • Quadrant: 3605
  • Vellamo: 1740
  • GLB 2.1 Egypt 720p: 32 FPS
  • GLB 2.1 Egypt 1080p: 17 FPS
  • Quadrant: 2302
  • SunSpider: 4169.1 ms
  • The Verge Battery Test: 6 hours 57 minutes
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