By Stephen Schenck | July 9, 2013 12:23 PM
The first Kindle Fire tablet was a big deal when it landed, offering shoppers interested in tablets a chance to check one out from a respected name without breaking the bank in the process. Amazon stepped things up last year with the Kindle Fire HD and new size options, but by then it had the stiff competition of the Nexus 7 to deal with. Will Amazon be able to capture our attention once again with its next tablet offerings? Some new rumors attempt to paint the picture of what Amazon could be planning for the third generation of the Kindle Fire.
One of the biggest changes could be to tablet resolution, giving everything a nice bump. Right now Amazon’s got a 1024 x 600 seven-incher, a 1280 x 800 seven-incher, and a 1920 x 1200 8.9-incher.
For these new tablets, Amazon would reportedly keep those same sizes, but increase resolutions to 1280 x 800, 1920 x 1200, and 2560 x 1600, respectively.
We could also be looking at some design tweaks, with a less rounded, more angular, “chiseled” look to these tablets. Like the LG G2, Amazon could move buttons around to the hardware’s back, instead of on the sides. All three may additionally be much lighter than Amazon’s current lineup.
We’ve still got questions about SoCs and the like, but that all sounds like a pretty good start for Amazon, assuming this is at all accurate. We could be getting official word on these tablets in just a few months, with a late summer/early fall launch possible.