Report: Higher-res screens coming to Kindle Fire lineup


— 5:16 PM on July 10, 2013

The Kindle Fire family is is due for a shake-up. According to the guys at Boy Genius Report, who were tipped off by "trusted sources," new versions of Amazon's Android-powered tablets with higher-resolution screens will be out in time for the holiday season.

BGR says the base Kindle Fire will see its 7" display upgraded from a 1024x600 resolution to 1280x800. The 7" Kindle Fire HD will be bumped from 1280x800 to 1920x1200, and the 8.9" model will see a jump from 1920x1200 to 2560x1600. That last resolution would be especially impressive, considering Apple's regular iPad packs only 2048x1536 pixels into a larger, 9.7" panel (albeit with a squarer, 4:3 aspect ratio).

Other design changes are reportedly in store for the revamped Kindle Fires, too. BGR's sources expect the new devices to feature angular casings that look "chiseled." The power and volume buttons will be moved from the edges to the "sloping area on the case-back" in order to prevent accidental presses. Also, Amazon is said to have made the new devices lighter than their predecessors.

And that's not even the best part. BGR goes on to say that Amazon is "working hard to hit the same price points." In other words, the updated 7" Kindle Fire might retail for $159, and its 7" and 8.9" HD siblings could carry the same $169 and $269 price tags, respectively, as the current offerings.

A nine-inch tablet with a 2560x1600 screen for under 300 bucks? That sounds like a pretty solid deal—provided the internals are fast enough to drive all those pixels smoothly.

   
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