Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets to come with Snapdragon 800 CPUs, high-res displays
A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the first leaked details about Amazon’s new Kindle Fire tablets that are due out before the end of the year. Today we have purported specs to talk about, too.
It looks like the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will come with 1,920×1,200 resolution (just like the new Nexus 7, and rumored before), and a 2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset. The exact frequency at which the CPU will be clocked may change. It’s very interesting to see Amazon use what is essentially Qualcomm’s best (and most expensive) chip at the moment. This comes in contrast to what Asus and Google chose to do for this year’s Nexus 7, which uses a bumped-up Snapdragon S4 Pro, or an underclocked Snapdragon 600 depending on how you want to look at it. Still, that’s a lower-end part than the 800.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD will also sport 2 GB of RAM, a front-facing camera (no rear cam), Wi-Fi, mobile data connectivity (for select models, we assume), 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage space, and Amazon’s own very customized (nay, forked) Android build based this time on Google’s 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. That’s what current prototypes are running, and there’s no reason to think Amazon will switch to 4.3 before the new tablets ship.
The new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 should come with a whopping 2,560×1,600 resolution, putting it at 339 ppi pixel density, which would effectively make it the highest-density tablet ever made. The 8.9-incher will also get the Snapdragon 800 processor, alongside 2 GB of RAM, the same front-facing camera, an added 8 MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, and optional mobile data connectivity. Storage options will be the same as for the 7-incher.
The entry-level Kindle Fire will have three storage options too, but those will be 8, 16, and 32 GB.
Amazon’s previous supplier of mobile chipsets for its tablets was TI, but that company has since given up on the mobile world (exactly because it couldn’t compete with Qualcomm). So it’s clear that the mega-retailer had to look elsewhere, and the world’s No.1 mobile chip maker seems like a reasonable bet.
Yet the expectation is that the next-gen Kindle tablets will be as cheap as the ones currently on sale. If that actually happens, and if the Snapdragon 800 will indeed be in there, Amazon will score some major points in the tech specs battle too. No longer will it offer ‘budget’ tablets with matching innards, but high-end devices with a new design and impressive hardware.
Once again, we’re told that the retailer is trying to keep the same pricing as last year. That said, it may not be able to. Pricing for the new tablets still isn’t finalized.
Launch should happen in the fall, possibly as soon as late September, apparently. It’s great to see Amazon upping its game this way, and it’s sure to sell quite a few of these if the prices remain decent.