According to BGR, Amazon will launch three new models this year, two 7-inch tablets and an 8.9-inch model. Not only will they be redesigned with a more “chiselled” look than their overwhelmingly plastic predecessors, but each will benefit from higher-resolution LCD panels and faster processors.
The cheaper 7-inch Kindle Fire will be upgraded to a 1280×800 resolution display; the Kindle Fire HD will be bumped to 1920×1020; and the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will break the Retina barrier and go well past it with a rumoured 2560×1600 resolution display. The 9.7-inch Retina iPad, by comparison, has a 2048×1536 pixel resolution.
Amazon will likely also launch a new version of its forked Android software, bringing up the base version to Android 4.2. Amazon recently launched its App Store in 200 countries, including Canada, and has committed to expanding its content lineup as well.