After leaking the specifications of Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch tablets, BGR has now come up with the final piece of Amazon’s tablet puzzle i.e. entry-level Kindle Fire tablet. The tablet is expected to get some humble upgrades rather than a major revamp in terms of hardware. It is expected to be released alongside Kindle Fire HD tablets as soon as next month.
According to BGR, the tablet will come with a 7 inch 1280x800p resolution display and will be powered by 1.5 GHz dual core Texas Instruments OMAP4 4470 processor with PowerVR SGX544 graphics, which is the same processor currently powering the first generation Kindle Fire HD tablets. Its predecessor Kindle Fire tablet was also powered by a processor of the same make and coresbut clocked at 1.2 GHz and prototype benchmarks for the upcoming Kindle Fire is two times better than its predecessor.
Other specifications see no upgrade in RAM at 1 GB. It will run on the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. BGR also said that the Amazon will offer two new versions of Kindle Fire tablet with 16 GB and 32 GB storage space, in addition to the basic 8 GB version. In terms of looks and design, it is expected to see the same design which is predicted for Kindle Fire HD tablets to maintain uniformity. The trio of Kindle tablets is expected to launch next month and will have sharper angles and slopes toward the edges.
BGR also solved another piece of the puzzle as it noted that the report about the next year’s entry-level Kindle Fire tablet which is expected to be powered by a quad core MediaTek 8135 processor will fall into the 2014 catalog of Kindle tablets and will be the tablet two generations from now. It seems that Amazon is having a hard time keeping its tablets under wraps as information about the next two generations of its tablets is already leaked to the public. The worthy change to note is that this would be the last time we will see an Amazon device to utilize TI processors.
Looking at the specifications, it is clear that this is not as huge an upgrade for Kindle Fire as it is for Kindle Fire HD tablets which have opted to come with the current best Snapdragon 800 SoC in the market. Hence, BGR also notes that the price point for Kindle Fire is likely to remain same at just $159 for the 8 GB version. This is a great price for an Amazon branded tablet with somewhat latest Android 4.2.2 OS version. Such a price point will keep it away from the $200+ tablets including Google Nexus 7 2013 version and iPad Mini and the less competition from major OEMs might help in its becoming a huge bestseller in the sub-$200 tablet market.
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