Alleged images of Amazon's Kindle Fire HD 2 leaked

Amazon has been selling full fledged tablets since 2011 with the first Kindle Fire, and this fall the online retailer is expected to launch at least two new models of its Android device. Today, Boy Genius Report claims to have secured the first images of what one of those two new models will look like.

BGR, who has previously posted what it says are the hardware specs for the new Kindle Fire HD tablets, has uploaded images of what it says is the smaller 7-inch Kindle Fire HD 2. It claims that the upcoming larger 8.9-inch model is otherwise nearly identical to the 7-inch version.

The photos show that the tablet's design has more of an angular look than the current Kindle Fire tablets, and the buttons have also been given a makeover. The speakers on the new version are supposed to be on top of the device as well. It's possible that these photos are of a prototype version, and as such some small details could change compared to the final product.

BGR's previous story claimed that the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD 2 will have a 1920x1200 resolution display and have a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, along with 2GB of RAM. The 8.9-inch version is supposed to have a 2560x1600 display and an eight-megapixel rear camera. Today's new story speculates that the 7-inch version will go on sale first in a few weeks but that the 8.9-inch model won't start shipping until November.

Source: BGR | Image via BGR

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"The 8.9-inch version is supposed to have a 2560x1600 display.."

So how does one get to read text on resolution this high on a device yay small??? Just sounds unrealistic..

PoohGQ said,
"The 8.9-inch version is supposed to have a 2560x1600 display.."

So how does one get to read text on resolution this high on a device yay small??? Just sounds unrealistic..

They raise the dpi way up. Text/images/vectors won't be smaller just much clearer do to the extra pixels used to display it.

PoohGQ said,
"The 8.9-inch version is supposed to have a 2560x1600 display.."

So how does one get to read text on resolution this high on a device yay small??? Just sounds unrealistic..

By raising the dpi settings? I think you've been using Windows for too long :-P.

Shadrack said,

By raising the dpi settings? I think you've been using Windows for too long :-P.

Windows handles dpi very well, what do you mean?

incendy said,

Windows handles dpi very well, what do you mean?

Windows 7 and previous does not handle dpi very well at all. When you increase the dpi settings to "125%" (because that makes sense to put it in terms of %, not), then most apps look extremely fugly because all of the UI text is falling off the buttons and UI elements. Its really sad. Maybe Windows 8 handles this better, but Windows 7 and previous really did not. The result is that most folks with high resolution displays just see tiny hard to read text when using Windows. That is probably the experience that lead PoohGQ to his comment.

Shadrack said,

Windows 7 and previous does not handle dpi very well at all. When you increase the dpi settings to "125%" (because that makes sense to put it in terms of %, not), then most apps look extremely fugly because all of the UI text is falling off the buttons and UI elements. Its really sad. Maybe Windows 8 handles this better, but Windows 7 and previous really did not. The result is that most folks with high resolution displays just see tiny hard to read text when using Windows. That is probably the experience that lead PoohGQ to his comment.

Yeah, that is not an issue with Windows 8 at all. Handles dpi very well, even allows separate dpi adjustments across multiple monitors.

My original Kindle Fire died and the replacement came with a malfunctioning charging port. I'm done with Kindle hardware. I've already purchased my 2nd Nexus 7(2013) in less than a month!

The Lumia 920 has very similar specs - a snapdragon 800, but 1/2 the RAM and a slightly lower resolution screen - but the web browser works just fine on it. If the Fire 2 can't handle the web, it's definitely a software issue that Amazon can fix... or Android just sucks

Lord Method Man said,
I have a 1st gen Kindle Fire; surfing the web is practically impossible on it.

One of my tablets is a first gen Fire as well, but using a different ROM than what Amazon provides. It surfs just fine, using both Chrome and Firefox. Can't comment on the out-of-the-box Amazon setup, that got replaced as soon as the unit left the box.