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Old 07-30-2013, 01:39 PM   #1
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Rumor: Next-gen Kindle Fire HD tables - specs are in!

The rumor mill has officially been kicked into high gear now, with BGR receiving further details from "multiple trusted sources" about the next-gen Kindle Fire HD tablets.

The 2nd gen 7-inch Kindle Fire HD is said to have the following specs:
  • 1920x1200 pixels display
  • "about" 2GHz Quad-core CPU (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800) with Adreno 330 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • choice of 16GB, 32GB, or 64GB internal storage
  • front-facing camera
  • WiFi and cell connectivity
  • Amazon-customized Android 4.2.2

The 8.9-inch model will feature similar specifications, except for its 2560x1600 pixels display and the addition of a 8MP rear camera.

Rumored launch date? Somewhere in fall 2013, perhaps around late September.

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Old 07-30-2013, 01:45 PM   #2
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Still not able to expand the memory via a micro SD Card.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:59 PM   #3
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Still not able to expand the memory via a micro SD Card.
Probably never will be as long as everybody is so gung ho about the "cloud".
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Old 07-30-2013, 02:10 PM   #4
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Probably never will be as long as everybody is so gung ho about the "cloud".
I've found that being able to mount my home server in the file manager to be a fair substitute. I'd still prefer SD support but I'm not hurting without it.
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Mmm, Jelly Bean 4.2.2. Nice! Probably September announcement and November release again.
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Old 07-30-2013, 03:52 PM   #6
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And I guess the fact that the N7 2013 was just announced has nothing to do with these leaks... Cynic me, you say?
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I bet it will still have that horrible carousel! They will probably get rid of the carousel and actually add good text formatting options on the 12th of Never.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:16 PM   #8
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And I guess the fact that the N7 2013 was just announced has nothing to do with these leaks... Cynic me, you say?
I fully agree. Gotta prevent folks from jumping on the new Nexus 7. Tell them what's in store for the new Fires and hope they'll wait.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:20 PM   #9
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I bet it will still have that horrible carousel! They will probably get rid of the carousel and actually add good text formatting options on the 12th of Never.
I hate that carousel! Luckily, it's easily remedied without rooting by adding a launcher.
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Old 07-30-2013, 04:40 PM   #10
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The snapdragon 800 is the surprising spec. A bit overpowered for a locked down tablet.
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While the new Fire HD has a higher end processor, it's still lacking key features the Nexus 7 has:

Fire HD 7.2 vs Nexus 7.2
  • CPU: Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • Speed: 2.0 GHz vs 1.5 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330 vs Adreno 320
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 vs Android 4.3
  • Apps: Amazon vs Google Play
  • GPS: no vs yes
  • Compass: no vs yes
  • Rear Cam: no vs 5MP
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Old 07-30-2013, 05:12 PM   #13
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Looks nice, but neither specs, looks or features make a blind bit of difference when it hasn't got a slot for an external memory card. I'll take a mediocre tablet with a slot over a fabulous one without every time.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:13 PM   #14
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Rumored launch date? Somewhere in fall 2013, perhaps around late September.
Right about the time the iPad 5 is rumored to ship.

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And I guess the fact that the N7 2013 was just announced has nothing to do with these leaks... Cynic me, you say?
The Tab Wars are in full swing.

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While the new Fire HD has a higher end processor, it's still lacking key features the Nexus 7 has:

Fire HD 7.2 vs Nexus 7.2
  • CPU: Snapdragon 800 vs Snapdragon S4 Pro
  • Speed: 2.0 GHz vs 1.5 GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 330 vs Adreno 320
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 vs Android 4.3
  • Apps: Amazon vs Google Play
  • GPS: no vs yes
  • Compass: no vs yes
  • Rear Cam: no vs 5MP
I'm really surprised that there's no rear camera on the 7" model. I think that's going to hurt them.

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I hate that carousel! Luckily, it's easily remedied without rooting by adding a launcher.
The carousel is annoying. I can't imagine anyone liking it.
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The carousel is annoying. I can't imagine anyone liking it.
I don't know about like, but I can't say it's caused me any particular grief either.
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