Amazon has announced its new Kindle Fire HDX 7" and 8.9" Tablets, as listed below. Both are purportedly three times as fast as the previous generation, with four times the graphics performance, and improved battery life (17 hours for the 7" model, and 18 hours for the 8.9"). New Amazon-specific functions include the Mayday virtual assistant, the ability to download Prime Instant Videos to watch offline, and X-Ray for music, movies, and TV. In addition, each tablet features a faster quad-core processor, multi-touch display (1920x1200 or 2560x1600 resolutions), 802.11n wireless, front-facing HD camera (plus a rear-facing camera on the 8.9" model), and Fire 3.0 OS (Mojito). They're available for preorder now; dates vary but the first release will be October 18. The tablets, each with free shipping
Of note, all models can be ordered without Special Offers for $15 more.