Amazon took the wraps off their new line of Kindle Fire tablets for the fall and Holiday season. The Kindle Fire HDX is the premium version and will come in both 7-inch and 8.9-inch varieties. The 7-incher features a resolution of 1900 x 1200 and the 8.9-incher sports a whopping 2560 x 1600. Both tablets have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 under the hood along with an Adreno 330 GPU, 2GB of RAM, stereo speakers, 1MP front-facing camera, 11 hours of battery life (video) and an LTE option. The 8.9-incher also gets an 8MP rear camera.
Some late night news here, as Amazon will reportedly be unveiling their brand-new Kindle Fire ‘HDX’ as soon as tomorrow. The device is rumored to have a completely new design, both internally and externally. This means we’ll be seeing a faster processor, better graphics performance, and a higher resolution display. The name, ‘HDX,’ is more of a move to make it sound sexier, slapping the ‘X’ at the end of the quite obvious ‘HD.’
The Kindle Fire HDX is also expected to come in the same two sizes that the current model comes in, 7-inches and 8.9-inches. The 7-inch model should be priced at $230, with the 8.9-incher with a $380 price tag.
It’s also expected that the current 7-inch Kindle Fire will remain available and will see a drastic price cut. We should see the new Kindle Fire HDX start shipping sometime between October and November, with the 7-incher coming first.
Improved software will be included as well, as the @evleaks photo suggests above.
Source: 9to5 Google
We already got an idea of what the specs will be for the upcoming Kindle Fire HD so why not some pictures? These pictures represent the 7-inch model, but the 8.9-incher will look the same. As you can see, Amazon has redesigned these tablets with changes to the buttons and placement of the speakers.
Both the 7-inch and 8.9-inch models will include a 2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, you choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, and a forked version of Android 4.2.2. The 7-inch display will have a resolution of 1,920 x 1,200 while the 8.9-incher will come in at 2,560 x 1,600. More pics after the break
Back off talk of an Amazon phone, the company said. A spokesman for Amazon Inc. said on Saturday that the online shopping megacompany will not launch a smartphone in 2013. Not only that, but despite recent rumors, if Amazon were to launch a smartphone, or a “Kindle phone” in the future, it will not be free.
The spokesperson declined to comment further, but it’s an interesting development considering the long running rumors suggesting an Amazon smartphone was coming. As the rumors kept on piling up recently, I guess Amazon decided it was appropriate to let the public know what was actually going on.
Source: Jessica Lessin
We’ve seen plenty of outdated, mid-range devices get offered for free on carrier sites, but seeing the Kindle Phone without a price tag would certainly be new to us. Reports suggest that the offering would not be the conventional “free phone” (+ new 2-year contract) deal, but customers could be required to sign up to a membership of Amazon Prime. A source has stated that “Amazon wants the device to be free whether or not people sign up for a new wireless plan at the same time.” Amazon could be dealing with carriers in the near future about working something out, however it’s likely that Amazon will offer the device on their site as well.
Source: Jessica Lessin
Every day the sun may or may not come out, but one thing for sure is Amazon will have a Free App of the Day. I remember when the Amazon Appstore opened two years ago. It used to be one of the first things I checked every morning. Nowadays I rarely go to the Amazon appstore, but today might be one of those days to head back. Not only are they offering the usual Free App of the Day, which happens to be Cut the Rope, they are offering 10 additional apps for free as part of their Free App of the Day Greatest Hits. Hit the break for the full rundown.
Amazon announced the availability of a new API today to help developers further monetize their apps. The Amazon Mobile Associates API is an extension of the company’s Amazon Associates web-based affiliate program, bringing the power of Amazon to Kindle Fire and Android based devices. The new API enables developers to: » Read the rest
An Amazon mystery device (codename: Apollo) running Android 4.2.2 has shown up on GFX Bench with some pretty high-end specs, leading some to believe that this could be the next Kindle Fire HD. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, Adreno 330 GPU, and a 2.15GHz maximum CPU clock speed, one would most likely be right to assume that this new tablet will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor. The device is also rumored to have an 8MP main camera, a front shooter, 2GB RAM, optional cellular connectivity, and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.
Announcement for the new Kindle Fire models are likely to come in the fall, with pricing and release date remaining a mystery.
I was just thinking the other day that Amazon should probably come out with their own console since they refuse to offer their Prime Instant Video streaming app to all of Android. Now today, news is coming out of Game Informer that Amazon is readying a gaming console for later this year. This is according to sources so nothing is official, but if you think about this, it makes a lot of sense for Amazon. Amazon is all about their ecosystem and if they pair it with multimedia capabilities such as the Prime Instant Video, it could be pretty successful. Sources say that it will include a gaming controller as well.
source: Game Informer
MediaTek has begun mass-producing their MT8135 quad-core SoC’s, which consists of two clusters including Dual Cortex A15 cores and Dual Cortex A7 cores. The cores work simultaneously, and feature a powerVR Series 6 GPU (PowerVR 6200), and supports Wireless Certified Miracast. Qualcomm certainly has a huge competitor that’s rising fast, as MediaTek’s low cost chips have already been used in Acer, Asus, and Lenovo products to date.