It’s almost time for Amazon to upgrade their Kindle Fire line of tablets again. They typically upgrade their Kindle Fires around September, which means it’s time for the rumors and leaks to begin, right? BGR came across a leak and are claiming that Amazon will launch their newest generation of Kindle Fires this fall. Which is the same time they launched in 2012.
The base model, which is the $159 Kindle Fire is going to get an improved display to 1280×800, which is an upgrade from 1024×600. The Kindle Fire HD is jumping up to 1920×1200, giving is a Full HD display. Then the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will get a 2560×1600 resolution display. That’s the same resolution that the Nexus 10 (released last November) has.
Other than the new displays, there’s not much new on the specs front, at least from this leak. Looking at the past Kindle Fire’s we probably won’t be too blown away by the specs on the Kindle Fire, but more blown away at the price of the Kindle Fire. They first surprised us in 2011, with a $199 tablet, then in 2012 they went down to $159. So what’s next? Maybe a $99 Kindle Fire?
This leak does tell us that the Kindle Fire will be completely redesigned. No more soft curves and amply rounded corners, instead we’ll have a new “chiseled” look with flat edges and sharper corners. Amazon is also reported to be changing where the power button is, making it easier to access. The new Kindle Fires are also said to be “noticeably lighter” which we hear that about every refresh, don’t we?
Amazon is said to keep the same prices as the current Kindle Fires, which means $159 for the Kindle Fire, $199 for the Kindle Fire HD, and $299 for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9. There was also an LTE Kindle Fire HD last year, so I’d expect LTE versions again this year.
Anyone interested in picking up a Kindle Fire from Amazon later this year? Let us know in the comments below.