Details on new range of Kindle Fire tablets leak – More powerful than new Nexus 7?
Amazon’s Kindle Fire range is set to get a major overhaul before the end of the year, resulting in three brand new and upgraded tablets hitting the market to rival new gizmos from the likes of Google and Apple.
As BGR reports, Amazon has intentions to launch three new models later in the year, replacing the Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD models which had previously helped Amazon to the second spot in terms of tablet sales around the world.
Firstly, the regular 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet will get an upgraded display and will sport the same 1280 x 800 resolution as the current Kindle Fire HD. This model will come in sizes of 8, 16 and 32GB but few other details have been garnered.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will be upgraded to match Google’s new Nexus 7, sporting a Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. Interestingly, it looks as though Amazon will out-do the new Nexus in terms of power, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 system-on-a-chip sitting under the hood. This chip consists of four Krait 400 CPUs and an Adreno 330 graphics chip, with prototypes said to be clocked at a stonking 2GHz.
Complementing this processor upgrade will be a jump in RAM to 2GB and a new front facing camera. Both Wi-Fi and cellular versions will be available in different storage sizes of 16, 32 and 64GB, with the operating system of choice being Amazon’s own, but this time based on a new version of Android – 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 7-inch model is said to not feature a rear camera.
The daddy of the range will be the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, which will sport an iPad-rivalling screen resolution of 2560 x 1600. The internal specifications will be the same as the 7-inch model, although the larger model will benefit from an 8 megapixel rear camera.
BGR’s sources claim that the new models will be redesigned to be thinner and lighter, as well as sporting thinner bezels around the screens, which should make the devices overall more attractive.
We don’t yet know when Amazon will hit us with its new range of tablets, but we’re hoping it’s soon!