Amazon prepping Kindle Fire HDX refresh with new SoC?
Amazon’s Fire Phone may be the company’s new baby right now, but when it comes to Android devices, Amazon’s best known for its family of Fire tablets. Last September we saw it introduce its latest lineup, including some new Fire HD models and the debut of the HDX series. With the anniversary of that launch coming up on us, can we expect a new offering of Fire tablets this year? Some benchmarks may give us an early look at what to expect, but from what we’re seeing here, we wouldn’t expect any massive changes.
Last year’s Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 was a pretty capable tablet at the time (and still is), packing a high-res 2560 x 1600 display, running a Snapdragon 800 SoC, and sporting 2GB of RAM. According to a new AnTuTu benchmark, Amazon may be leaving much of the tablet’s hardware alone for its new model, while upgrading its SoC to a Snapdragon 805.
Granted, that should offer a nice performance boost, but everything else we’re seeing here, from the screen, to memory, to the cameras, looks unchanged. That may not result in a new HDX that demands a high-profile launch, but it still sounds like a decent refresh to help keep the tablet at the top of its game.
We’ve yet to pick up on any evidence pointing to a similar upgrade for the HDX 7.0, but it wouldn’t be crazy to wonder if Amazon’s planning the same sort of tweak for that hardware.