Report: Amazon's Tablets Will Get Sharper Displays and a New Design

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BGR claims it's got exclusive details about the Amazon Kindle Fire tablets that will be released this fall. It's more or less what we could expect from a yearly iteration of a tablet. Here's the skinny.

First up, the basic seven-inch Kindle Fire will get a display spec bump from a 1,024 x 600 screen to a 1,280 x 800, the same resolution as the existing Kindle Fire HD. That means the Kindle Fire HD is getting a spec bump, too, huh? Why yes it does. The new HD seven-incher will sport a 1920 x 1200 display. As for the new larger, top-end Kindle Fire HD 8.9, BGR's source says the new model will feature a denser-then-retina-iPad 2,560 x 1,600 display.

While these would all be industry leading resolutions today—especially at Amazon's fire-sale pricing—we can certainly expect to see more tablets in this vein this fall. Nothing all that surprising.


The more curious part of the BGR report concerns the tweaks to the Kindle Fire's design. It'll be lighter, with the buttons moved around:

Also of note, the power and volume buttons are no longer located on the side of the tablets. Instead, they have been situated on the sloping area on the case-back and they are positioned to avoid accidental button presses when a tablet is placed on its back.

Is any of this true? Reports are rumors until they're official. There's nothing shocking in this report, so we'll let the Boy Genius have his sources. [BGR]

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I got the original Kindle Fire because I wanted to quit carrying around a dead tree version of USA Today. Unfortunately I hadn't done my homework and didn't realize their full daily paper was only available for the older black/white Kindles. 2 years later and I'm still waiting.