The month of September continues to roll along with big news, as Apple lead the way yesterday during its event. Today, however, Amazon is front and center thanks to leaked photos of its next generation Kindle Fire HD courtesy of tech site BGR.
We’ve been hearing many reports on what kind of features we can expect the next-gen tablet to ship with. Sources have the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD carrying a high-resolution 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at more than 2GHz, 2GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, optional cellular data, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.
The point of emphasis with this latest leak highlights more of the aesthetic, hardware changes with the new Kindle Fire HD. Eyeing the pics, the new Fire seems to have done away the rounded shape on the current model in favor of a more angular design (on the back) that gives the device a much harder look. Thankfully, Amazon has also gotten rid of the annoying button setup (we mentioned here in our Kindle Fire HD review), as they’re now completely redesigned as well.
Other noteworthy hardware changes include the removal of the speakers from the back to the top of the device. Black strip has also been removed, now it’s just a smooth looking surface with Amazon’s logo pasted on the back.
So everything sounds like the typical kind of yearly upgrade you’d see from most major brands of tablets, including the Nexus or iPad. However hardware and price won’t just do it for Amazon, this time they need a real differentiating feature to set it apart from its competitors.