Amazon's product lineup expanded quite a bit tonight, with the company rolling out its new Fire HDX 8.9 and its tablet for kids, the aptly named Fire HD Kids Edition. Also set in the company's sights is the budget range, which it has solidly targeted with the new Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7. The smaller of the two falls into the sub-$100 range, and both offer fairly impressive specs.
The previously leaked Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 has officially arrived, and with it comes a bunch of jabs at the iPad. Amazon boasts its newest slate's display as offering 30-percent more pixels than the iPad's Retina display, its audio as being twice as loud, and its weight as being 20-percent lighter.
Amazon has introduced a slew of new devices tonight, not the least of which is the Fire HD Kids Edition -- a powerful tablet Amazon says it made "from the ground up" specifically for kids. Its child-centric aspects include both design, which is understandably robust with bumpers, and content, which includes Amazon FreeTime Unlimited.
Samsung's alluring Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and 8.4 (read our review) have both gone up for pre-order from AT&T, with the carrier being set to start shipping those pre-orders "around" September 23, though it seems that date might be flexible. The tablets will be fully available in AT&T's retail stores on Setember 26.
Joining the roster of devices the company rolled out this month is a new Windows tablet from ASUS, the VivoTab 8. This slate isn't to be confused with the similarly-named VivoTab Note 8, which made its debut earlier on this year for what will likely turn out to be a higher price tag than the newest slate.
IK Multimedia has introduced its latest Apple-centric products, a new iRig microphone and a new stand for the iPad (and any tablet roughly the same size). The iRig Mic Field is the maker's first "pocketable" digital microphone that can be adjusted as necessary, while the iKlip Xpand Stand offers a spring-based design to make adapters unnecessary.
Joining the company's new smartphones, Alcatel has debuted a new 8-inch tablet, the aptly named Hero 8. This is the latest expansion in Alcatel's Hero product lineup, and is being hailed as one of the lightest and slimmest tablets of its size currently available. As with the new Hero smartphone, the Hero 8 tablet offers an octa-core processor.