Tech Talk: New Gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablets

Full specs for the next-gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets

Google recently announced their new Nexus 7 tablet to much adoration from the market, what with a new rev of Android (4.3), a more powerful processor, hi-res display etc along with a pricing scale that started at $230. They need to be concerned now, with Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD2, out this autumn.

Amazon’s 1st-gen Kindle Fire was never aimed at Apple – they sought not to compete with Cupertino, and focussed on compact design and affordable pricing. But the affordability would only take Amazon so far, and so the current models were a wholesale step up, especially as Apple were introducing the iPad-Mini. Now with its next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets, Amazon is upping the ante, and the competition ought to take note.

Recently, BGR revealed Amazon plans to launch two or three new tablets. The first will replace the entry-level Kindle Fire tablet, while the other two will replace both current flagship Kindle Fire HD models. Now, BGR have a more complete picture of the company’s next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets…

– the upcoming new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet, will feature a high-resolution 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (now that TI have pulled out of mobile processors) system on a chip, which includes four Krait 400 CPUs and Adreno 330 graphics, reportedly clocking at about 2GHz. It also includes an upgrade to 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity. It will be available in either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB, and run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Amazon’s thick GUI layer on top.

– a larger 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD model Amazon similar to the 7-inch model, but with a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel high-definition display.  It will have the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset, the same front-facing camera, optional cellular data support, internal storage sizes and 2GB of RAM. It will also feature an 8-megapixel rear camera, though the 7-inch model will not include a rear camera at all.

The look & feel of Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablets is reported to be vastly improved compared to the current models – more comfortable and lighter; the bezel around the screen on the 7-inch model measures about half an inch all around and the 8.9-inch model’s bezel is about three-quarters of an inch wide. And the icing on the cake seems to be Amazon’s reported intent to maintain the existing pricing matrix.

Competitors… you have been served…

Source: BGR

Reporter: SilverFox

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