Sep 11th, 2013

While some are waiting to see what sort of phone Amazon could come up with, many folks would be perfectly satisfied with knowing what to expect from the company’s Kindle Fire tablets for 2013. The guys at BGR procured some pretty clear shots of what will be known as the 7-inch Kindle Fire 2013 models. It’s a 7-inch tablet — nothing extraordinary about how it looks — though BGR does note that the tablet has a bit more of a “hard-edged” aggressive look thanks to less rounded edges.



We weren’t able to get a look at the 8.9-inch HD models that Amazon is also said to be bringing out, though those models are expected to look the same (except bigger, obviously). With that, we’re also told that this list of specs are pretty much final for the 7-inch model:

  • 7-inch 1,920 x 1,200 display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (possibly 2.3GHz)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
  • WiFi, or optional WiFi + cellular data
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, likely with custom Amazon bits

The 8.9-inch model will be quite close to that, though the added 2,560 x 1,600 resolution and an 8 megapixel camera will obviously put it a class above the 7-incher. It’s a far cry from previous Kindle Fire releases, where Amazon tends to be a bit more reserved compared to other OEMs. We’re not sure what inspired them to go all out here, but we can’t say we’re complaining.


Apparently the 7-inch model is so ready that we could see it unveiled in just a couple of weeks’ time (and knowing Amazon, they might put it up for sale that same day). The 8.9-inch model might not be here until November, though, which is a bit of a bummer.


It’ll also be interesting to see how Amazon prices these things. The company tends to introduce products at very reasonable and attractive price points, but with the juicy internals these tablets are sporting we’d be pleasantly surprised if they continued that trend. Let’s hope to hear more about these in the days to come.

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