Amazon is hard at work prepping a sequel to its hugely successful Kindle Fire tablet, with some fairly substantial improvements afoot, ‘sources familiar with plans’ have revealed.
According to the good folk at AllThingsD, the Kindle Fire 2, or whatever it ends up being called, will up the resolution of its predecessor from 1024 x 600 to 1280 x 800 (WXGA) — putting it in line with the newly announced Google Nexus 7.
Explaining what this will offer, Raymond Soneira, President of DisplayMate, told AllThingsD: “The really interesting thing here is that the screen shape is changing slightly: From an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in its standard Portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60.
“That’s a 67 per cent increase in total pixels, and it is visually significant.”
“It gives the display a PPI (pixels per inch) of 216.”
It’s still not quite Retina display but should look impressive nevertheless.
Better yet, the tablet it will reportedly come with a built-in camera, which was disappointingly absent in the original, and will be thinner and lighter to boot.
Amazon is also said to be readying a bigger, 10.1-inch version of the tablet, to take on Apple’s iPad, which has a 9.7-inch screen. Not much else is known other than both iterations are likely to drop sometime in the third quarter.
Apple itself is rumoured to be developing a cheaper, ‘mini’ edition of the iPad, featuring a 7.85-inch display and a thinner design that takes cues from the iPod touch.
With Google’s Nexus 7 landing imminently for a highly appetising $200/£159 price point, the competition between tablets looks sure to erupt this holiday season.