Amazon ten-inch Fire tablet leak hints at lightweight new UI

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It’s been about a year now since Amazon’s last big refresh of its Fire tablet lineup, and based on the recent rumors we’ve been hearing, we’re not too far off from the arrival of a fresh crop of devices. Early last week we checked in with a rumor that talked a little about what that lineup might look like, focusing on the debut of a super-affordable six-inch model, but also mentioning the arrival of a couple larger models, including new eight-inch and ten-inch Fires. Today we get what may be our first look at the latter, with the leak of a possible render.

Right away, we notice a few hardware changes. Bezels are noticeably slimmed down from devices like the current Fire size champ, the 8.9-inch HDX. We also spot a repositioned front-facing cam, here better suited for portrait-orientation use than the landscape cam on earlier large Fire tablets.

Amazon also appears to be experimenting with new button placement, moving controls up to the tablet’s top edge. However, the new Fire doesn’t change everything about its past, and it looks like Amazon’s bucking the trend towards 4:3 tablets, sticking with the same widescreen layout as earlier models.

Finally, there’s the software, and the app tray we see here is a noticeable departure from past Fire OS efforts. It may not be capital-s stock Android, but it appears to be a big step in that direction; has Amazon finally realized that Fire OS may not be a huge draw, and users really do want a familiar Android interface? We’ll be keeping our eye on future Fire leaks to see where this is going.

Source: @evleaks (Twitter)

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Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!