Is This Amazon's New Kindle Fire HD?
Amazon has completely redesigned the Kindle Fire HD tablets.
BGR has obtained photos of what appears to be the unannounced next-gen 7 inch Kindle Fire HD tablet that Amazon will supposedly reveal later this month. The pictures arrive by way of a "trusted source" and reveal an extensive design overhaul, ripping out the rounded shape on the back of the current models for a more angular design. The buttons have also been completely redesigned and reshuffled, and the stereo speakers are now located at the top-rear of the device.
The pictured 7 inch Kindle Fire HD device will reportedly feature a 1920 x 1200 display powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) SoC, possibly clocked at 2 GHz. The tablet will also include 2 GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, Wi-Fi connectivity and an optional cellular connectivity. Storage options will include 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB, and the forked OS will be based on Android 4.2.2 "Jelly Bean".
Not shown in the batch of pictures is the 8.9 inch Kindle Fire HD model. This version will be updated with a 2560 x 1600 screen powered by the same specs offered in the 7 inch version, and will also include an additional 8MP camera on the back. Both tablets will be more comfortable to hold and lighter than the previous generations.
A third Kindle Fire 7 inch model will also be released to replace the current entry-level model, sporting a higher resolution of 1280 x 800 (the current model has a 1024 x 600 screen).
Sources claim that Amazon may stagger the tablet launches like it did last year, releasing the 7 inch models first and then the 8.9 inch version in November. Amazon revealed the Kindle Fire HD devices on September 6, 2012 and made them both available for pre-purchasing. The 7 inch tablet didn't become available until September 14 followed by the 8.9 inch model on November 20.
According to the screens, the volume buttons, power buttons and speakers appear to be mounted on the back, leaving the face of the tablet void of anything but the screen and the front-facing camera. So far this tablet design appears to be Amazon's best yet, especially with the Qualcomm chip and double the RAM. We're eager to see how these two tablets perform in benchmarks this fall.