Amazon has today announced an upgraded version of its Kindle Fire HDX 8.9, featuring a the same design as last year’s model, but with new upgraded specs under the hood.

The new version is the first tablet with Snapdragon’s new 805 processor, which is a 2.5GHz quad-core processor that adds a 70 per cent graphics improvement boost, and Amazon is even claiming that the tablet will tablet will last 12 hours.

The new HDX is also the first to feature Dolby’s Atmos surround sound technology, which Amazon claims will make it twice as loud as the iPad Air.

In terms of display, the tablet features a 8.9 inch display with a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution and a pixel density of 339 ppi, and it comes with a new “Dyanamic Light Control” feature that changes the white balance of pages in reading mode.

On top of that the HDX also has 802.11ac WiFi, and runs on Fire OS 4.0 with new features like an unlimited online photo storage, the ability to add up to six user profiles, a Family Library for share apps, games, books and videos with family members. Amazon is also throwing in a word processing suite.

Last year’s models will also get the new Fire OS 4.0.

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