When Google announced the release of the new Nexus 7 for 2013 it was only a matter of time before Amazon showed their hand with their new Kindle HD line, and this is just what happened yesterday. They have launched three new Kindle HD tablets, but there is only one that aims at taking the fight to the Nexus 7 and the upcoming iPad mini 2.
On paper the Kindle Fire HDX 7 looks as though it will be a very close rival to the Nexus 7, although the lack of a decent Internet browser has always held the Kindle HD back. But then again, some people just want a great media tablet, and this new model will deliver that.
Kindle Fire HDX 7 vs. predicted iPad mini 2 specs — We will look at how the new Amazon tablet compares to the Nexus 7 another time, so today we thought we would look at the new Kindle Fire HDX 7 specs and see how they compare to the predicted iPad mini 2 specs.
Some of you may think this is a little strange, but it is not like the first time such a thing has been done, and we do have a good idea of what to expect from Apple’s iPad mini 2nd generation model. We already had a good idea of what to expect from their new phones, and so we will apply what we already know about the upcoming smaller iPad tablet refresh.
The HDX part of the new Kindle Fire refers to its new display technology because it comes with a high resolution of 1920 x 1200 and 323 ppi, which means you get an even better multimedia experience. Many tablet makers have been upping their game in display technology and so Apple will need to do the same and bring Retina to the iPad mini 2, although there is still the question of battery life. With this in mind we expect the iPad mini 2 resolution to be 2,048 x 1,536 and a pixel density of 324ppi.
As for the Kindle Fire HD 7 processor, this is a Quad-Core 2.2 GHz, which gives the model a performance advantage, but how this will compare to the rumored 1.4 GHz dual-core A6X CPU in the iPad mini 2 is anyone’s guess. There had been rumors that the new smaller Apple tablet would come with the same processor as the upcoming iPad 5, but we know to save costs a cheaper chip will need to be used.
Battery life should be roughly the same for both tablets, as the Kindle Fire HDX 7 offers 11 hours mixed use and 17 hours of reading time, that’s if Apple is able to get more from the battery if they go with the Retina display.
Storage for the new Kindle Fire has been increased, so now you have a choice of 16, 32, or 64GB, which is the same as the current iPad mini, so you have to wonder if Apple will increase this for the new model?
The new Kindle Fire HDX 7 price is $229, and this is where Apple will not be able to compete. We believe the price will stay the same as the current model, so the iPad mini 2 price should be $329. However, if Apple wish to compete more competitively with a tougher market then they will need to rethink their pricing strategy.
Do you think the new Kindle Fire HDX 7 will be able to take market share from the iPad mini?
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