Now that Google and ASUS have updated their joint tablet venture, the new Nexus 7 tablet could now pave the way for others to follow, and one of the first could be the Kindle Fire HD 2. While we have heard nothing from Amazon, there could be good reason for this, as they do not wish to show their hands too soon, especially when we could be looking at a September release.
The 7-inch version was released in mid-September, with the larger 8.9-inch model being released in November. The first-generation Kindle Fire HD was a low-cost tablet with specs to match, but if new rumors are true, then Amazon could be heading in a new direction with their Kindle Fire HD 2nd-generation, as it could give the new Nexus 7 a run for its money.
Potential Kindle Fire HD 2 vs. New Nexus 7 specs — Firstly, let’s take a look at the proposed specs from BGR for the new Kindle Fire HD, if true of course. The processor is expected to be the Snapdragon 800 from Qualcomm and will have a clock speed of 2GHz, along with 2GB of RAM, 16GB and 32GB storage options and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 7-inch display should offer a 1920 x 1200 resolution, and the 8.9-inch version 2,560 x 1,600 resolution.
Compare this to the new Nexus 7 specs, which include the 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2GB of RAM, and also a 16GB and 32GB storage, 1920 x 1200 HD display and Android 4.3.
It is clear to see that the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD will be no slouch, and so could be a completely different beast to what we have now, because while it is a decent tablet, it does have several things holding it back.
Having said that, those things holding it back has made it a popular tablet, as it does not aim to take on the bigger boys, and so just goes about doing what Amazon does best, affordable products doing just enough to keep the consumer happy.