Amazon’s family of Kindle Fire devices has been one of the most successful tablet lines out there, even giving Apple some serious competition. For 2013, it appears that the company is once again upgrading its line of tablets and adding some substantial improvements. In a new report from BGR, many of the details regarding these tablets have been revealed. Let’s start from the beginning with the 7-inch Kindle Fire replacement.
The upcoming model of the 7-inch Kindle Fire will retain the same screen size, but will see a resolution bump up to 1280 x 800. That’s a nice boost from the 1024 x 600 resolution found on the previous model. It’s also the same resolution as the existing 7-inch Kindle Fire HD, which will also see an upgrade in the resolution.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD gets a screen upgrade, and like the standard Kindle Fire, it deals with resolution rather than the size. The Kindle Fire HD will get a significant increase in resolution, up to 1900 x 1200 pixels. That’s a big number for a 7-inch display, and it’s the same pixel count found on the current Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
Speaking of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, it’s also getting a res boost. Even though it currently has a very high resolution (1920 x 1200), the sources say it will receive a boost up to 2560 x 1600 pixels in the new model. At that resolution, the 8.9-inch display becomes one of the sharpest on the market, even beating out the Retina display on the iPad.
This line-up of tablets will also feature new, more angular design. From what we can tell, it sounds as though Amazon will be dropping the very curved look of the current models and replacing some of the rounded edges with flatter slopes. We’re interested to see what exactly this looks like, but one of BGR’s sources described the new design as “chiseled.” That certainly sounds angular to us. The power and volume buttons have been moved from their positions on the side of the tablets. They have a new home on the back of the tablets, reminiscent of the Motorola Xoom. The sources reported that this was a major improvement, and that they have been designed to avoid accidental presses. Finally, all three of the tablets are said to be lighter than last year’s models.
This leak gives us at least some idea of what to expect with the new Kindle Fire tablets. Pricing has reportedly not been decided yet, but Amazon is said to be shooting to hit the same price points as last year’s line-up. With Barnes & Noble shutting down their Nook line, it looks as though Amazon has even more of a clear shot with the new Kindle Fires.
What do you guys think of this? Would you buy a Kindle Fire with the rumored specs?