Tablet makers are starting the long preparation for the holiday period and the expected boost in sales as people buy gifts for others (and sometimes themselves). The first out of the gate was Google with its new Nexus 7, however new releases can also be expected from others like Apple and Amazon. A new report based on information from “multiple trusted sources” has revealed that the next generation of Kindle Fire HD tablets will use Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processors.
Previous rumors suggested that the next iteration of the seven inch Kindle Fire HD will sport a full HD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 but precious little else was known about the next refresh. Now the folks over at BGR are claiming that the both Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will use the Snapdragon 800 along with 2GB of RAM.
If this is true and Amazon manages to keep the price point the same then the new Kindle Fire HD devices could set a new standard for price and performance in the tablet market. Benchmarks are already starting to trickle in for devices using Qualcomm’s latest processor with a Snapdragon 800 powered Galaxy S4 overwhelming the Tegra 4 in GPU performance. This would also mean that the new Kindle Fire HD tablets would out perform the Nexus 7 (2013). Although the new Nexus 7 is significantly faster than the first generation Nexus 7 tablet, which uses a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro which will be slower than the 2GHz Snapdragon 800 rumored to be in the Kindle Fire HD.
It is likely that the new seven inch Kindle Fire HD will launch this fall and will include an improved front-facing camera and could include the option for cellular connectivity, something only available in the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 range at the moment. The device could ship with either 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage and will probably run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean but with Amazon’s customized user interface on top.
As for the next iteration of the Kindle Fire HD 8.9, along with the Snapdragon processor it will include an 8-megapixel rear camera, something not available on the the seven inch model.
The “humble” Kindle Fire (without the HD) will also be revamped, now for the third time, but little is known about it. It probably won’t use the Snapdragon 800 as Amazon will be keen to keep the pricing down, however it is rumored that there will be 8GB, 16GB and 32GB models – a big improvement over the current version which only comes with 8GB and no option for expansion.
So it looks like Amazon are taking the battle right to Google and if we are honest the iPad and iPad mini look quite poor next to these specs (or next to the specs new Nexus 7 as a matter of fact).
Does a Snapdragon 800 powered Kindle Fire HD sound good to you?