Benchmarking figures suggest that Amazon has given its new Kindle Fire tablets a massive speed boost.
Writers for the BGR website claim to have received information from multiple trusted sources about the spec boost, and benchmark tests of the tablet now seem to confirm the improvement in performance.
Amazon was forced to turn to a different manufacturer for its processor chips when the company that previously made them decided to cease production. That has probably forced the company to reinvent the Kindle Fire and push it further than it might have otherwise. It’s now using high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2 GHz processors in its new Kindle Fire tablets, making them seriously speedy.
Benchmark data also indicates that RAM will increase to 2 GB and there are going to be 16 GB, 32 GB and 64 GB storage options. The new Fire will have a front facing camera, and it looks like there will be cellular options alongside the regular WiFi model.
However, one of the biggest improvements in the new Kindle Fires is thought to be in display screen resolution. The 7” Fire is expected to have a 1,920 x 1,200 resolution display, whilst the 8.9” will feature a 2,560 x 1,600 display and also feature a rear mounted camera.
The new screens could potentially put both Kindle Fires at the top end of the market for their size. Amazon appears to have broadened the appeal slightly, moving the Kindle Fire further away from the ereader market and more towards ‘serious’ tablets.
Whilst the tablet is expected to come with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, it will probably be customised with Amazon Silk again, so we might not see the full benefits. Amazon does this to point users to its own app store and content.
We can expect to see the new range of Kindle Fires in shops before the Christmas period, although some reports have suggested that they may arrive as soon as September.