In just a few short months, Amazon’s existing Kindle Fire tablet lineup will be turning a year old, and with that birthday coming up, we’re expecting the company to unveil a refreshed lineup of the tablets that have been wildly popular. The guys over at BGR recently received some new information about the upcoming devices.
Across the board, it looks like Amazon will be giving its new line of Kindle Fire tablets a bump in screen resolution. The current model of the Kindle Fire currently ships with a 1,024 x 600 resolution display, and will be bumped to the slightly higher than 720p resolution of 1280 x 800, which has been a standard among many Android tablets for some time. The Kindle Fire HD 7 will be packing a resolution of 1920 x 1200 resolution, up from its existing 1280 x 800 resolution display.
The Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 — the companies higher-end option, is set to receive a screen resolution bump that will out-pixel the Apple iPad’s Retina display. Said resolution would be 2,560 x 1,600, which is a pretty nice jump from the existing model’s 1920 x 1200 resolution display.
Amazon is also rumored to tweak the design of its upcoming Kindle Fire tablet line. Instead of curved and swooping edges on the existing models, the design refresh may take a more modern approach, embracing a “chiseled” design, as BGR’s source puts it. We can also expect the tablets to be lighter and likely thinner.
While this is still nothing but a rumor until Amazon officially announces the new devices, we’d expect the new Kindle Fire tablet lineup to feature a faster CPU, more RAM, and hopefully a higher version of the Android operating system. Whether or not the new tablets will ship with their previous price points remains to be seen but we wouldn’t be surprised if they did.
Expected to launch sometime before the Holiday season, the Kindle Fire refresh will likely move quite a few units.
What has you more interested at the moment, the new Kindle Fire tablets or the updated Nexus 7?