Amazon readying Kindle Fire tablet refresh?

AmazonAmazon is set to refresh its Kindle Fire tablet lineup in time for the holiday season. According to BGR, the online retailer is readying at least three new Kindle Fire models ranging from a 7-inch model to an 8.9-inch one running a very high resolution display.

First up is a new 7-inch Kindle Fire model. Set to sell for US$159, it will feature a new display offering a higher WXGA (1280×800) resolution (up from WSVGA on the current model).

The Kindle Fire HD will also get upgraded. The new model will also sport a higher resolution WUXGA (1920×1200) display but maintain the current 7-inch size.

The third model will be an upgraded version of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. As with the other models, the display size will remain unchanged but will benefit from a bump in resolution, this time to WQXGA (2560×1600). This will give Amazon’s new tablet a higher PPI than Apple’s 9.7-inch iPad with Retina display.

All three tablets will also benefit from a physical redesign. Expect a more angular design with a flat slope out to the edges. Thew look is described as “chiseled.” The will also be noticeably lighter. Power and volume buttons will move from the side to the sloping edge of the back where they cannot be accidentally pressed while the tablet is on its back.

Amazon is aiming to have the new tablets sell at the same price as the current models do now. A fall launch is expected, possibly in September.

Source : BGR