By Stephen Schenck | September 11, 2013 11:31 AM
For months now, we’ve been looking forward to the launch of this year’s lineup of Amazon Kindle Fire tablets, and what we’ve heard about their hardware makes it sound like quite the attractive pack. That would mean Snapdragon 800s in both new HD models, a 1080p display for the seven-incher, and an extremely high-res 2,560 x 1,600 panel on the 8.9-inch model. What we hadn’t seen, though, were any images of the hardware itself. Today we seem to be getting our first glimpse, with a new gallery of Fire HD 2 pics revealing some significant design changes.
Easily the most visible change, Amazon appears to be relocating the tablet’s hardware buttons to its rear, where they’d live on angled edge areas. The speakers are also getting a new home, moving up from the tablet’s sides to along the top. We don’t have any hard figures, but this year’s tablets are supposed to be lighter than last year’s, not to mention more comfortable to use.
We also hear a little about availability, with the chance that Amazon could launch the smaller Fire HD 2 in just a couple weeks. The 8.9-inch version, on the other hand, might not arrive until the middle of November.