Rumour : Amazon To Launch 3 New Kindles, Including A 8.9″ 2560×1600 Display Variant
According to BGR, Amazon will launch three new models this year, two 7-inch tablets and an 8.9-inch model.
Amazon will be upgrading the displays on the Kindle Fire, Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9?. With this latest rumored upgrade, Amazon will finally have HD displays in all of its Kindle Fire models. The lowest-end version, which currently has a 1024×600 display, will be bumped to 1280×800.
The Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will break the Retina barrier and go well past it with a rumoured 2560×1600 resolution display. The 9.7-inch Retina iPad, by comparison, has a 2048×1536 pixel resolution.
As for general design, the rumors state that the new Kindle Fires will feature a more “chiseled” design with sharp, instead of round, corners. The power and volume buttons have also been moved from the side to the top sloping back to avoid accidental button presses.
The report didn’t offer any details on the types of displays. Resolution is just one aspect of a display’s quality. While upping the pixel density will improve Amazon’s tablet line, it would be a mistake to assume that this alone will make its displays offer the same quality experience as Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s high end tablets, or even Google’s Nexus tablets.
Amazon will likely also launch a new version of its forked Android software, bringing up the base version to Android 4.2.