Apple Will Have Some Fierce Competition From Amazon This Year In The Tablet Front

Forget about Apple and Google today we have some exciting news from BGR about Amazon and its tablet plans for this year with its Kindle lineup. According to the report from BGR Amazon is planning a complete overhaul of its Kindle Fire tablet linup for 2013, which is a big deal considering one study found that Kindles are the second most desired tablet behind the iPad.

Apple Will Have Some Fierce Competition From Amazon This Year

According to BGR’s sources Amazon is prepping at least three new Kindle Fire tablets and these tablets will be launching ahead of the holiday season this year. Here is the gist of what was discovered:

  • 7-inch Kindle Fire: While the display’s diagonal measurement will remain the unchanged, our source says Amazon has gone with a new panel that features a higher resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels, the same pixel count presently found on Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD. The current base Kindle Fire model uses an IPS display with 1,024 x 600-pixel resolution.
  • Kindle Fire HD: As is the case with the Kindle Fire, the Kindle Fire HD’s display will be upgraded with an improved panel featuring 1,920 x 1,200-pixel resolution, a substantial upgrade from the 1,280 x 800-pixel screen in the current model. The new display will still measure 7 inches diagonally.
  • 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD: The current 8.9-inch model already features a display with a better-than-1080p resolution at 1,920 x 1,200 pixels, but the updated version will bump up the pixel count to 2,560 x 1,600, according to our source.

Besides higher resolution displays in all of Amazon’s new tablets you can expect the new models to feature a radically different design. Instead featuring a back that slopes smoothly out towards the edges, you can expect a more angular design with corners that are less round. “chiseled” was a word used to describe the design. Among other things the new tablets are predicted to be a lot lighter as well.

It certainly sounds like Apple has its work cut out for it if it wants to stay competitive this year in the tablet industry. By the sounds of the new Kindles that are coming, some exciting things are around the corner.

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