How to Tell Which Generation of Kindle Fire You Are Using

Amazon’s Kindle and Kindle Fire family has very confused naming strategy. Unlike Apple’s iPhone 3/4/5/6, Kindle Fire doesn’t name with generation number, instead they are called like Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD/HDX, Fire HD.

For the people who hears of Kindle Fire tablet at the first time, I bet they will get lost in these model names. For example, can you tell which is the later model between Kindle Fire HDX and Fire HD?

If many situations you need to know which generation of Kindle Fire you are using. Like searching for guide on the internet, decide which one to buy, sell a used Kindle Fire tablet, and so on.

In this article, I will list all the generations below and show you the characteristics of each generation.

The universal method to check your Kindle Fire generation

In fact, the model and generation information has been written in all Kindle Fire tablet’s system. With these simple steps you can get the information you need.

Go to “Settings” page

Slide down on the screen to activate the system menu

By sliding down from the top of Kindle Fire’s screen, you can activate this drop down menu. In this menu you can see “Settings” option.

Go to “Device Options”

Find "Device Option" in "Settings" page

In “Settings” page you shall see “Device Options”, which is located under “Display”. Please tap on this option.

Check the generation information

kindle fire generation model information

At the bottom of “Device Options” screen you can see “Device Model” information, where shows you which generation it is.

Like the screenshot above, you can see “Fire HD 8 (6th Generation)” clearly.

The characteristics of different Kindle Fire models

ModelPictureCharacteristicsReleaseBuy Device
Fire HD 8 (7th Gneration)Fire HD 8 (7th Gneration)- Amazon logo on the back;
- 3.5mm stereo jack, volume buttons, USB port, power button on the top side;
- Front and back cameras;
- Stereo speakers on the left side;
- 16 or 32 GB
- Micro SD card slot on the right side;
- 8-inch screen.
- Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
May 2017$79.99 or more on Amazon
Fire 7 (7th Generation)Fire 7 (7th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- 3.5mm stereo jack, volume buttons, USB port, power button on the top side;
- Front and back cameras;
- Stereo speakers on the left side;
- Micro SD card slot on the right side;
- 7-inch screen.
- Black, Blue, Red, Yellow
May 2017$49.99 or more on Amazon
Fire HD 8 (6th Generation)Fire HD 8 (6th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- 3.5mm stereo jack, volume buttons, USB port, power button on the top side;
- Front and back cameras;
- Stereo speakers on the left side;
- Micro SD card slot on the right side;
- 8-inch screen.
September 2016$89.99 or more on Amazon
Fire HD 10 (5th Generation)Fire HD 10 (5th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Power button, USB port, volume buttons, 3.5mm stereo jack on the top side;
- Front and back camera, back camera is a 5MP camera;
- Micro SD cart slot on the side;
- 10-inch screen;
September 2015$229.99 or more on Amazon
Fire HD 8 (5th Generation)Fire HD 8 (5th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Power button, USB port, volume buttons, 3.5mm stereo jack on the top side;
- Front and back camera, back camera is a 5MP camera;
- Micro SD cart slot on the side;
- 8-inch screen;
September 2015$149.99 or more on Amazon
Fire (5th Generation)Fire (5th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Power button, USB port, volume buttons, 3.5mm stereo jack on top side;
- Front and back camera;
- Micro SD cart slot on the side;
- 7-inch screen;
September 2015$42.98 on eBay
Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Generation)Fire HDX 8.9 (4th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Power button, volume buttons, flash light on the back;
- Front and rear cameras;
- Stereo speaker and 3.5mm stereo jack on the bottom;
- USB and another stereo speaker on the top;
- WiFi and 4G network support;
- 8.9-inch screen.
November 2014$224.98 or more on eBay
Fire HD 7 (4th Generation)Fire HD 7 (4th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Charging port, power button, 3.5mm stereo jack on the bottom;
- Speakers on the back bottom;
- Volume buttons on the side
- Both front camera and rear camera;
- WiFi and 4G network support;
- 7-inch screen.
October 2014$99.99 or more on eBay
Fire HD 6 (4th Generation)Fire HD 6 (4th Generation)- Amazon logo on the back;
- Charging port, power button, 3.5mm stereo jack on the bottom;
- Speakers on the back bottom;
- Volume buttons on the side
- Both front camera and rear camera;
- WiFi and 4G network support;
- 6-inch screen.
October 2014$69.99 or more on Amazon
Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (3rd Generation)Kindle Fire HDX 8.9" (3rd Generation)- Amazon logo, power button, volume buttons on the back;
- Charging on the bottom;
- Speakers on the back, beside the volume buttons;
- Only front camera;
- WiFi and 4G network support;
- 8.9-inch screen.
November 2013$274.99 or more on eBay
Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)Kindle Fire HDX 7" (3rd Generation)- Amazon logo, power button, volume buttons on the back;
- Charging on the bottom;
- Speakers on the back, beside the volume buttons;
- Only front camera;
- WiFi and 4G network support;
- 7-inch screen.
September 2013$120.59 or more on eBay
Kindle Fire HD (3rd Generation)Kindle Fire HD (3rd Generation)- Amazon logo, power button, volume buttons on the back;
- Charging on the bottom;
- Speakers on the back, beside the volume buttons;
- No camera;
- 7-inch screen.
September 2013$46 or more on eBay
Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (2nd Generation)Kindle Fire HD 8.9" (2nd Generation)- Kindle logo on the back;
- Power button and charging port on the bottom;
- Speakers on the top;
- Only front camera;
- Wifi and 4G network support;
- 8.9-inch screen.
November 2012$199.99 or more on eBay
Kindle Fire HD 7" (2nd Generation)Kindle Fire HD 7" (2nd Generation)- Kindle logo on the back;
- Power button and charging port on the bottom;
- Speakers on the top;
- Only front camera;
- 7-inch screen.
September 2012$64.99 or more on eBay
Kindle Fire (2nd Generation)Kindle Fire (2nd Generation)- Kindle logo on the back;
- Power button and charging port on the bottom;
- Speakers on the top;
- No camera;
- 7-inch screen.
September 2012No longer available
Kindle Fire (1st Generation)Kindle Fire (1st Generation)- Kindle logo on the back;
- Power button and charging port on the bottom;
- Speakers on the top;
- No camera;
- 7-inch screen.
November 2011No longer available

If you need to buy accessories for these Kindle Fire tablet, please visit this Amazon category page.

At the moment I write this post, I heard that Amazon is going to release two new models soon.

Let’s look forward to it.

 

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