By Stephen Schenck | July 30, 2013 10:49 AM
We’ve got tablet refreshes on the mind, what with the new Nexus 7 just going official last week, but that’s far from the only new version of an old tablet that we’ve been looking forward to. There are other new Nexus models to anticipate, as well as some new iPads, but what about the classic budget tablet, the Kindle Fire? Last year brought us the Fire HD lineup, and we’ve already heard some rumors about what further changes might be in store this time around. Today we get a lot more detail on just what we could expect.
Earlier, we had little more than resolutions: supposedly, there would be new 1280 x 800 and 1920 x 1200 seven-inch models, as well as a 2560 x 1600 8.9-incher.
Starting with the 1920 x 1200 seven-inch Kindle Fire HD, the tablet will reportedly run a Snapdragon 800, have 2GB of RAM, and sell in 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB capacities. There should be both WiFi and cell-enabled versions, a front-facing camera, and the tablet will likely ship running Android 4.2.2.
Those specs go largely unchanged for the 8.9-inch model, with another Snapdragon 800 and 2GB RAM. Besides the larger screen and higher resolution, this tablet would also get a rear-facing eight-megapixel camera.
Screen bezels are said to measure half an inch wide on the 7-inch Fire HD, and three-quarters of an inch on the 8.9-inch tablet.
Amazon may be able to largely match base prices to current models when these upgrades launch sometime this fall. Assuming this info’s accurate, a $200 full HD tablet with a Snapdragon 800 could quite possibly give the new Nexus 7 a run for its money.