Earlier this month we got a sneak peek at the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 2. Now we are getting a better look at the specs of the device, including what will power it. This gives us a much better view of what the new Kindle is likely to offer us.
According to reports, the higher display is going to be supported by a much more powerful core processor. It will sport a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chip, with an impressive 400 CPUs and Adreno 330 graphics.
It would appear this device really is meant as a replacement for the Kindle Fire, which had a mixed reception and a number of problems that kept it from becoming as popular as the other Kindle models.
Between the much higher display resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, the heavy duty processor and graphics and the full 7″ screen, this will be a media streaming device to be reckoned with. While in the past Amazon never sought to really compete with the tablet giants, this shows that they are upping their game.
With the Nexus 7 fresh on the market, and the iPad still king of the land of tablets, it is hard to say how successful the new Kindle HD will be. Aimed at graphics and media, there is no denying it will be a major contender for cornering that niche. But in the past they still haven’t broken into the mainstream tablet genre.
One indication that it will do better as a multipurpose device is what is running it. There are 2GB of RAM, which already puts it at the standard. Then you have the operating system that is a modified version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. On top of all that you have the storage: 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
What does all of this sound like to you? A tablet, and not just a souped up ereader! It also comes with WiFi, cellular connectivity and a front facing camera.
All of this sounds really great, and I have always been inclined to Amazon products in the first place. But the real deciding factor here is going to end up being price. Apple and Google are both releasing much more affordable options for consumers that are unwilling to pay top dollar for the latest thing. Brands like Samsung are also catching up with their own releases.
The original Kindle HD is $199, but this is a much more advanced model. If Amazon keeps it around the same price tag range, we might just have a winner.