Needless to say, the Amazon Kindle Fire has quickly become one of the most popular Android devices out there. For just $200, this tablet offers you the best bang for you buck, with rich media and apps available, as well as good quality/specs. There’s no doubt that if Amazon continues with its current practices, the company will grow much more in this field.
Now that the tablet is available and everyone is enjoying it, it’s time to start thinking about the future. What can we expect from the next generation Kindle Fire?
We don’t exactly know, but it should definitely pack a punch in the specs department. And it seems Nvidia might be working with Amazon to bring the next Kindle Fire. At least according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Bobby Burleson, who claims that the next Amazon tablet will be powered by an Nvidia processor, instead of a Texas Instruments CPU (Current Kindle Fire processor: 1 GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430).
While this might be quite a jump, the odds are not that bad. We know Nvidia CEO Jen-Hsun Huang has already been eyeing Amazon as a customer. Jen-Hsun Huang has mentioned his disappointment, and while they were not able to get a deal with Amazon for the current Kindle Fire, Tegra 2 processors should be fair game for lower-end tablets next year, when Tegra 3 will be ruling the tablet world. Here’s what Nvidia’s CEO has to say about the future of Tegra 2 and Tegra 3:
There are many segments of the marketplace that we serve now, all the way from very high design content tablets in 10-inch to now increasingly many 7-inch tablets that are coming out to the marketplace. There were a couple of design wins that I wish we had this year that we didn't have. I already mentioned Motorola. We were surprised by the Amazon Fire. But frankly, we're not going to be surprised again. And so we're obviously very excited about Amazon and want to do our best to be a partner of theirs someday.Jen-Hsun HuangNvidia CEO
What could this mean for the end-consumer? Well, while all processors have their advantages and disadvantages, Nvidia Tegra processors are known for being especially good at media and gaming. And the fact that the screen is also becoming a bit bigger may mean that Amazon will put a greater focus on entertainment. If Amazon does happen to snatch some Tegra processors from Nvidia, this would probably mean that Tegra Zone games will be available for it.
Burleson also mentions a rumor that we have been hearing for a while, which is that the next Kindle Fire will have an 8.9-inch display instead of a 7-inch display.
As always, we’ll take this information with a grain of salt. After all, this information comes from “conversations with sources in the tablet supply chain,” so the information isn’t as reliable as we would hope. We should wait until Amazon/Nvidia announces this before we get our hopes up (or at least until more proof shows up). What do you guys think? Would you like an Nvidia processor on your next Kindle Fire? Would Tegra games make the Kindle Fire more enticing?