Word of the Kindle Fire HD 2 line has been around for awhile, but for the first time real details are emerging. According to BGR, which has the exclusive, this time they might have done a little better.
There are going to allegedly be three new devices released before the holiday season this year. The first is going to be a replacement for the current Kindle Fire, with the same 7″ screen in a higher resolution (1,280 x 800 pixels). No word on features yet, but we should probably expect it to be at least on par with its current competitors.
The second will be a new version of the Kindle Fire HD with a huge resolution boost at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels…woah! This is quite the upgrade, and could show Amazon focusing more than ever on the entertainment aspect of the Fire. Videos and games are obviously going to look amazing on the display.
But if you really want proof of that, it will come from the third device. The upgrade to the current Kindle Fire HD 8.9″ will have a 2,560 x 1,600 pixel resolution. Much higher than anyone expected, and showing that the entertainment angle will be incredibly important for the new Fire line.
In addition to all of this, the new line is said to be much lighter than the old (which was light to begin with), and the buttons have been moved from the side to a raised panel in the back. This should stop accidental button presses, which have been a problem with every Kindle ever released.
No word on prices yet, but Amazon has always looked to provide affordable options. Between that are the screen resolution, they might have have dominated a corner of the market.
Full disclosure: I have a Kindle, and I love it. It isn’t one of the fancy ones, or even one of the touchscreen versions. It doesn’t even have 3G. It is one of the standard Kindle models from a couple of years ago, which technically has a web browser that is experimental and useless. It is just good for reading, which is just perfect for me. That is what I got it for, after all.
So the Amazon Kindle Fire didn’t hold much interest for me when it was first launched. I have a tablet that I never use, so combining a tablet with the eReader I always have on hand was a complete waste in my eyes. Reviews of the Fire only reinforced that…it didn’t do as well as Amazon had hoped, though it wasn’t an awful product.