While the iPad continues to be the dominant player in the tablet industry, Amazon has long been making a competitive push with its Kindle Fire lineup of devices. But as Barnes & Noble begins to cut back on its Nook tablet efforts, Amazon is looking to step up its game even further with a brand new set of devices that will debut in the coming months.
Amazon is prepping at least three new Kindle Fire tablets that will launch prior to the holiday shopping season, according to trusted sources for BGR. The first will be a replacement for the existing 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, which retails for $159 as Amazon’s entry-level device. The new slate will have an upgraded 1,280 x 800 pixels display over the current 1,024 x 600 pixels IPS display.
Moreover, a new version of the Kindle Fire HD will be introduced with a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution on a display that will still measure 7 inches diagonally. The current-generation Kindle HD has a 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution, so this is said to be a “substantial upgrade” to the display.
Rounding out the trio will be a new Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ device that is bumped to a 2,560 by 1,600-pixel display, over the current resolution of 1,920 by 1,200 pixels. Amazon’s high-end tablet will then have a higher pixel density than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display.
Amazon will also be making some significant design changes to the new Kindle Fire tablets:
Whereas the current Kindle Fire HD series features a back that slopes smoothly out toward the edges, as seen in the image above, our sources say the new models feature a more angular design with a flat slope out to the edges instead of a curved slope, and corners that aren’t as rounded. One source described the new look as “chiseled.”
The tablets will also be “noticeably lighter” with repositioned power and volume buttons to the sloped area on the back of the tablet. As far as pricing goes, it is believed that Amazon will attempt to match the same price range of its current Kindle Fire lineup. Multiple sources confirm that the tablets should launch this fall, possibly in September.