New Kindle Fire line will bring better resolutions, “chiseled” design, at the same price tag

July 9, 2013
A new generation of Kindle Fire tablets is expected to arrive in September, with insider sources claiming that the devices will feature better displays and a revamped design.

Amazon Kindle Fire HD

There’s nothing particularly exciting in this leak from BGR, but it’s still nice to get some confirmation on our educated guesses.

Here’s the run down – the folks at BGR claim that Amazon will launch its newest generation of Kindle Fires sometimes in autumn, probably in September, the same time of the year when the 2012 launched.

The base model, the $159 Kindle Fire, will feature an improved display, with a resolution of 1280×800 pixels, a jump from the current 1024 x 600 resolution. Similarly, the upcoming Kindle Fire HD will go Full HD, with a resolution of 1920×1200. The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will obviously get the best panel, of an impressive 2560 x 1600 resolution.

Besides the souped up resolution, we don’t have any details on the rest of the spec sheets, but, knowing Jeff Bezos’ company, we probably won’t be blown away by any technical achievement on the 2013 Kindle Fire line.

In terms of design, the leaksters claim that the new Kindle Fire line will be completely redesigned. Gone are the soft curves and amply rounded corners – a new “chiseled” look, with flat edges and sharper corners, is what we should expect. Amazon supposedly changed the position of the power button to make it easier to reach, and the new devices are said to be “noticeably lighter”.

Finally, Amazon’s goal is to sell the new Kindle Fire line for the same prices as the 2012 generation. That means $159, $199, and $299 for the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD, and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 respectively.

Comments

  • joser116

    I wonder what processors they would use, now that TI is no longer in the smartphone game.

    • MasterMuffin

      Mediatek? Or Snapdragon S4 Pro would be another great option that’s now much cheaper than before

      • Олег Александров

        not for the full hd and higher

        • MasterMuffin

          Why couldn’t the full HD have S4 Pro?

          • Олег Александров

            It lags too much.. full hd needs snapdragon 600 or higher

          • joser116

            Are you serious?! Lags too much? BTW, S4 Pro has same GPU as 600.

          • Олег Александров

            Same but overclocked.. ye, it lags, s4 lags, htc one sometimes has lags in games, and xperia lags despite it runs most of the games with low grapgics settings. i’m using htc one, and this phone is awesome but low fps in 3d games.

          • joser116

            It does lag but not too much. I know that it is overclocked, that means Amazon can overclock it too.

          • Олег Александров

            Sorry, i just want perfect device : ) i really want perfect 7″ Android tablet for games.

            In case you are ok with small lags s4 pro will be good soc, i’m agree.

          • joser116

            You should wait for the new Nexus 7, rumored to have Snapdragon 600, though I really hope it has 800 or Tegra 4.

          • MasterMuffin

            Obviously you haven’t heard of Xperia Z tablet for example

          • Олег Александров

            again, it runs most of the game with low graphics and still lags.. (ok, low fps if you want)

          • joser116

            Are you sure it lags with low graphics?

          • MasterMuffin

            I can’t deny that, because I never tried Z tablet, but I’ve tried Xperia Z and it doesn’t lag at all for example when playing dead trigger or need for speed or similar gameswith good graphics

          • joser116

            You’re right, S4 Pro has same GPU as 600.

      • joser116

        Your comment was much funnier when it only said “Mediatek?”

        • MasterMuffin

          I edited it 10 seconds after posting, how did you see it o.O

          • joser116

            E-mail

          • MasterMuffin

            Dan you Disqus! :)

  • MasterMuffin

    It will also come with a forked Android that I wouldn’t touch even with a really long stick