While companies like Samsung and Apple battle it out for flagship phone dominance, another war is afoot which is as intriguing, if not more. This would be the low-price, game-changing-spec tablet dominated by Google and Amazon. While the average flagship from any of the big names has come to cost upward of $600 without contracts, this war is fought sub-$350. Last year, the Kindle Fire HD by Amazon was an amazing device which consumers jumped at because of the spec, and the $199 price tag. Google’s Nexus 7 de-first opened at close to $300, and the 2013 refresh has hardware which can compete with the best of 7 inch tablets at a $230 price tag. Amazon will make its comeback with the 3 new kindles – The Kindle Fire successor, and 2 Kindle Fire HDs in at 7 inch and 8.9 inches.
We revealed these device specifications earlier, and now new images have been leaked displaying the Kindle Fire HD 2 in all its glory. To review, the Fire is more aggressively priced, while the Fire HD is assumed to be the higher spec device. Recently BGR Leaked images of the new 7-inch Fire HD 2. As can be seen from the images, the traditional design of slightly curved edged has been done away with, giving rise to a more angular design. The speakers are the the top of the device’s rear side, with the volume rockers and power button on the back edges. This is a unique positioning, and users may find it difficult to adapt initially.
To quickly review the device spec, the Kindle Fire HD 2 7-inch will come with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, which is the current SoC of choice, an Adreno 330 GPU, clocked in at around 2 GHz, with 2 GB of RAM, and 16/32/64 GB of internal storage. It will pack a 1920×1080 pixel display on a 7-inch screen, and Android 4.2.2. We’ve already mentioned the 8.9 inch device spec here, the major difference being the 2560×1600 display, and we assume the device will look like the 7-inch variant.
Amazon is making bold choices with several tablet variants, and one at 8.9 inches which hits a niche between 7 and 10 only competing with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 inch, and the more angular device design. Launch dates are currently unknown, but we can expect Bezos to take the stage soon, though the 3 devices may not release simultaneously, and the 8.9 inch may even be pushed for a November release. We can expect the devices to be priced around, or slightly higher than last year’s models, with the base price being near the 2013 Nexus 7 refresh. It will be interesting to see how these 2 tablet competitors, whose predecessors dominated the 7 inch tablet market over the past few months, stack up head-head.
IMAGE CREDIT BGR