Four Amazon Fire tablets likely incoming, two benchmarked with full specs

Given the Fire HD 6, HD 7 and 2014 HDX 8.9 are already a year old, and the Fire Phone’s struggles provoked turmoil in Amazon’s hardware-developing division, you probably weren’t expecting a lot of movement on the forked Android tablet front this fall.

Yet just last week, news broke the Seattle-based e-tailer was determined to give it another go, and aim for an even lower price tag with a humbler than humble 6-incher. Then, less than 24 hours ago, a high-quality press render of an unannounced 10-inch Fire slate emerged, exhibiting a revised external appearance and, most importantly, cleaner UI, not exactly stock, but much closer than before.

Now, we have reason to believe the two non-voice call-supporting Androids will be part of a new quartet, also offering size choices of between 7 and 8 inches, and 8 to 9 inches respectively. Or perhaps the 2015 Fire 10 isn’t the largest variant, and a business-oriented 12-incher is in the works too, targeting the likes of Microsoft’s Surface Pro 3 or Apple’s iPad Pro.

Whatever the case, let’s focus on the Amazon tabs we know are real, and have intel on their specifications. Benchmark listings file the entry-level 6.7-incher as powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT8127 chip, with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage space, and 2 and 0.3MP cameras also in tow.

That’s not so bad for $50, as long as Amazon changes its ways, and grants microSD expansion. Unfortunately, the 1,024 x 600 pixels resolution screen sounds cringe worthy, no matter the retail costs.

Meanwhile, you might be surprised to hear the looming 10-incher provides downgrades across the board compared to last year’s 8.9-er. Namely, a mediocre 1,280 x 800 panel, quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT8135 SoC, 1GB RAM, 16GB ROM, as well as 5 and 1MP cameras.

Both benchmarked slates run Android 5.1 Lollipop, or better yet a fresh flavor of FireOS based on Lollipop, and they both lack cellular connectivity. Hopefully, the 10-inch Kindle Fire won’t be priced much higher than its baby brother.

Sources: AFTV News, GFX Bench (1), (2)
Via: Liliputing

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