New devices almost always have some sort of defect buyers should be on the lookout for, and the new Kindle Fire HDX tablet is no exception. Now that Amazon's newest Android device is getting into people's hands, reports are beginning to surface of a strange purple or blue haze around the edge of the screen.

The issue seems present on all edges of the screen equally, and is particularly evident on white backgrounds. The video above gives you a glimpse of the defect, but it's not as noticeable as it is in real life. According to Amazon, this is known manufacturing defect with some units. It also appears from user reports that many of the lots sent to Best Buy stores are affected.

Amazon says it will continue replacing affected tablets until everyone gets a unit with a clear screen. Being a manufacturing issue, it's probably going to be corrected in the factory if it hasn't been already. This is by no means the death knell for the new Fire tablet – it's just a defect to be aware of when buying.

[Amazon – Thanks, Dominic Esposito]

Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • aprilius20

    Same thing seems to be happening to the Xperia z1 (yellow tint), which I'm really just using as an excuse not to upgrade to it.

    But whatever happened to QA? Are consumer electronics manufacturers firing the 'boring defect spotters' to cut costs, or is it a simple case of them having horrible lighting in their factories?

  • kissthisguy

    'scuse me, while I kiss the sky.

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  • saas lesa

    Hurry up and sell...

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    DAT Headline...

  • Perv Bear

    This is just the result of amazon smuggling that blue math.

  • Godspoken

    I have the original Kindle and I've always had this, just yellow and not blue. My Note has the blue though. I don't think it's really that terrible to deal with.

  • Chris Brown

    purple haze, you say?

  • M42

    Amazon has now pulled an Apple and is telling everybody this is a feature and a benefit. I saw one with it and it was horrible - a huge, thick, bright band of purple around the screen that was very distracting and annoying. If it is such a benefit then I wonder why other tablet makers haven't introduced this feature into their tablets?