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The new Kindle Fire's resolution will be 1280x800

The tech world has had tablet fever over the last few months with the release of Apple's new iPad, Microsoft's Surface tablet announcement, and Google's upcoming Nexus 7 tablet. Amazon's next-generation Kindle Fire will be another new addition to the tablet arena soon, and as that time nears, more and more details continue to leak.

AllThingsD has managed to get its hands on some new information regarding Amazon's successor to the original Kindle Fire, which was released last November. These changes include the resolution, the display's width-to-height ratio, and the weight.

The new Kindle Fire's resolution will be 1280x800, which is a 67 percent increase in total pixels from the original Fire's 1024x600 pixel resolution. This gives the new display a pixels per inch (PPI) of 216. Also, the pixel density is 29 percent greater in the newest version.

Despite the increase in resolution, the battery life won't take a huge hit. Analysts say it is nowhere near the iPad's jump from 1024x768 to 2048x1536, so the battery life should remain only mildly affected.

The new Kindle Fire will also be thinner and lighter than its predecessor, and will even have a different display width-to-height ratio. The current aspect ratio of the original Kindle Fire is 1.71, which is a tall, Portrait mode display. The upcoming Kindle Fire has an aspect ratio of 1.60.

As previously reported, the new Kindle Fire will have a built-in camera and external volume controls.

Originally, many reports indicated a July release for the new Kindle Fire. However, AllThingsD said that a late Q3 2012 release is more likely.

In other Amazon-related news, the company is set to launch its own smartphone in November. Amazon is working with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to make the new device, and it is protecting itself with wireless technology patents that will keep predators like Apple away once it enters the smartphone arena. Amazon could use a smartphone of its own to further push its digital songs, books and movies as well as other Amazon-related services.

Source: All Things D

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RE: success
By Colin1497 on 7/9/2012 3:13:49 PM , Rating: 2
I predict that you're right. Lots of people can complain about the old forked version of Android, but, guess what -- the Kindle Fire has been one of the most popular Android devices so pretty much any app that doesn't use a feature not supported by it (camera, GPS, etc.) is going to work on it. My guess is that Kindle Fire (1st gen) compatibility will be a target for people for some time.

The interface is fine, just ask my 4 year old who had no problem buying apps the first day we got it. Probably the biggest mistake Amazon made was not having tightly integrated parental controls from day one.

People browse the web, play games, and read on their tablets, and the current Fire does fine with those things. My expectation based on a combination of rumors and basic logic is that Amazon's Fire update will have similar specs to the Nexus, and that they will sell plenty of them. I also wouldn't be surprised to see an updated Amazon interface show up on top of Android 4.0 or 4.1.

RE: success
By frozentundra123456 on 7/9/2012 5:18:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have a 7 inch acer tablet and the more I use it, the more frustrated with it I become. I dont know if the kindle fire has the same problems. You stated (pretty correctly in my mind) 3 things people do with tablets. Maybe the fire is better or maybe I just got a bad acer A100, but here are its problems:

1. Surf the web. It does that, but the wi-fi connectivity sucks and the browser hangs up a lot.

2. Play games. pfffttt..... Depends on what you call games and what you expect I guess. It wont even play bewjewelled blitz on facebook it is so slow. And I just cant get used to the touch interface for games.

3. Reading books: This is the most satisfactory experience I have had on my tablet, and I assume the Fire would be better.

So maybe the Fire is not that much more limited than any other tablet. I guess what I am saying is that I would never buy another tablet. I would get a smartphone and/or a laptop.

RE: success
By ShaolinSoccer on 7/9/2012 6:24:24 PM , Rating: 2
Hopefully companies like Acer and Sony will push Jelly Bean on to their older tablets. That "should" solve a few problems.

RE: success
By frozentundra123456 on 7/9/2012 9:54:05 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe, lets hope so anyway. The tablet did upgrade to ICS. That seemed to help the web browsing not hang up so much, but now it gets confused about what wi-fi network to connect to and sometimes pops up error messages that the page is not available when it has already loaded and is there.

I understand Jelly Bean does not support flash anymore. Do you know why this is, and if there is some other program that is replacing it? I thought supporting flash was supposed to be one of the advantages of Android over iOS.

RE: success
By TakinYourPoints on 7/10/2012 1:10:37 AM , Rating: 2
JB is dropping Flash support because Adobe is throwing in the towel on the mobile runtime. There is little reason for Flash on mobile given that mobile video is so prevalent without it. I have a hard time finding a site that doesn't support non-Flash video. Flash navigation for web pages also started going away way back in 2006. It is bad for touchscreens anyway given that so much of it depends on mouseovers, something that doesn't really work with touchs.

Supporting Flash was a supposed advantage of Android over iOS, but the fact of the matter is that Adobe could never get a runtime working that was better than an HTML5 video player or a native application. Performance and battery drain were always poorer in comparison. In the end they gave up, even though they had a second life on mobile thanks to Android. Adobe just couldn't get it going, which either means that it was an impossible task or that their engineers are incompetent.

In the end it is a feature that doesn't matter now and it continues to matter less going forward. Try running a Flash blocker on your desktop some time, its surprising how little it is actually needed.

RE: success
By zephyrprime on 7/12/2012 2:36:40 PM , Rating: 2
I'm guessing that it's because their engineers are incomepentant. Adobe software has always been very slow and resource intensive. Even on desktop.

RE: success
By TakinYourPoints on 7/10/2012 1:14:40 AM , Rating: 2
Or you can buy a good tablet like the iPad next time. Quality app selection, solid UI, good browser, great screen, the positives are huge compared to the alternatives. Or you can get a laptop. I use my laptop less and less thanks to my tablet, but if my tablet was bad then obviously I'd keep using other devices.

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