Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU confirmed for next Amazon Kindle Fire HD via benchmark
A couple of weeks ago, the grand rumor making the rounds was that Amazon’s new Kindle Fire HD tablets would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor inside. This was big news because Amazon is expected to keep its tablets extremely affordable even after this year’s refresh, and the 800 is Qualcomm’s flagship mobile chip at the moment. The upcoming new 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD was also said to have 2,560×1,600 screen resolution, which is simply insane for that size (and never seen before in sub-10-inch tablets, by the way).
Well, thanks to publicly accessible benchmark results, this has been more or less confirmed today. An Amazon tablet was spotted by WebTrek at GFXBench sporting a 2.15 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and a screen with 2,560×1,600 resolution.
This tablet is said to run Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, which fits in nicely with what we’ve heard so far – namely, that Amazon’s next version of its forked Android build will be based on 4.2.
Those are all the details revealed by the benchmark, but really, they’re the most important – by far. Previously we’ve heard that the official unveiling of the new Kindle Fire HD tablets will happen this fall, with nothing more specific than that unfortunately. But if the mega retailer keeps the current pricing, while also introducing such high-end follow-ups to its now-sold wares, it’s likely to see even more success with its tablet line than ever before.