Amazon's New Kindle Fire Display Specs Leak
July 9, 2012 11:40 AM
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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
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.
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.
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,
said that a late Q3 2012 release is more likely.
In other Amazon-related news, the company is set to
launch its own smartphone
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.
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RE: Not to be Debbie Downer
7/9/2012 6:05:38 PM
Except that stuff doesn't matter. The Kindle Fire is the only tablet outside of the iPad that has sold anything worth talking about, everything else has tanked in comparison.
Total vertical integration is very appealing to tablet users, that is one reason why the Fire has done well. The other reason is that it is on the front page of Amazon.com, huge marketing push.
IMHO the Fire is still not a good product, and this is coming from a HUGE Kindle fanboy. The hardware doesn't feel good, I don't care for the UI, and performance is sluggish. That said, they can certainly improve upon all of these things while keeping the price low as time goes on. The increase in display resolution is one step.
There's no reason they can't dominate the low end while Apple maintains the high end. I don't know where all of the other tablet manufacturers will end up.
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