The Amazon Fire price breakdown, as of April, 2016:
- Fire (7in) – starting at $49.99
- Fire Kids Edition (7in) – $79.99
- Fire HD 6 – starting at $69.99
- Fire HD 8 – starting at $149.99
- Fire HD 10 – starting at $179.99
The Amazon Fire price depends on…
The price depends on technical specifications of each model and any extras included in the package.
As you can see from the price comparison chart, the basic 7″ Kindle Fire is the most affordable at $49.99. But since you are paying less, you are sacrificing the PPI, processing power, audio quality, battery life and weight compared to the higher end Fire HD tablets.
The Fire Kids edition costs $30 more than the basic Fire. If you compare the two side by side, you will see that their technical specifications are identical, including the display size, PPI, processors, speaker and microphone, storage, cameras, connectivity and battery life.
The Fire Kids edition weighs almost 100 grams more than the basic Fire, mainly due to the special protective case. This is also the reason why the Kids edition is also considerably larger, wider and thicker than the basic Fire.
The Kid-proof case is meant to protect the device during falls, knocks etc. You also get a 2 year guarantee, plus 1 year of Amazon Freetime Unlimited. So, the Kid-proof case, extended guarantee and 1 year of Amazon Freetime increase the price of this device even though technically this device is identical to the basic Fire.
If we compare the price of the HD versions, we will see that the cost increases based on the screen size.
Remember that if different screens have the same resolution but different sizes, the larger sized screen’s resolution is stretched across it. This results in a lower PPI value and consequently lower level of detail. In other words it’s a tradeoff large: larger screen or more detailed picture.
Besides the screen size, the Fire’s monetary worth increases based on the following: single or dual band WiFi, Dolby Audio or Dolby Atmos sound, 2mp or 5mp rear-facing camera, and 8+ or 16+ GB storage. Also if the storage can be expanded with an external SD card, this increases the amount by a lot as well.
To decide which Amazon Fire is right for you, try to determine what specs you need and what is not that important.
Amazon Fire HDX 8.9”
The Fire I will talk about next is the HDX 8.9 inch version. I decided not to include HDX in the main list because it seems that Amazon is doing away with it. You can only purchase certain versions from Amazon itself, while some other versions are either out of stock or available only from other sellers.
The Fire HDX is the most expensive Fire ever – the price of the 8.9″ model could be $500+ for the versions with all the bells and whistles, such as the one with 64GB internal storage, no special offers, Wi-Fi + 4G LTE.
The device is incredibly lightweight for its size – only 13.2 ounces. Display features an incredible 339 PPI, which translates to over 4+ million pixels in total (2560×1600 resolution).
An 8MP rare-facing camera and an ultrafast 2.5GHz quad core processor complete the picture.
If you opted for a 64GB HDX 8.9 with special offers and Wi-Fi only, it would “only” cost $399.99. That’s $350 more than the basic Fire 7”, or double the Fire HD 8”.
Just for a comparison, the Apple iPad Air 2, 10-inch 16GB HTC tablet is $410 on Amazon at the time of this post.
The Fire HDX 8.9” is the most powerful but also the most expensive tablet computer ever manufactured by Amazon. Its price tag must have been out of reach for many uses, as now it looks like Amazon is pulling the very expensive Fire HDX from further development and manufacture.