Some while back we heard that Amazon was planning to launch version 2 of the Amazon Kindle Fire in August and recent reports now claims that the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Tablet will definitely be coming during Q3, so this could be during August or September.
According to a report by All Things D, the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will feature an improved display with a 1280×800 pixel resolution compared to its existing model that has a 1024×600 pixel resolution. There’s not much details on the new Kindle Fire 2 but it is rumored to feature a new aspect ratio over the existing version.
Sources familiar with Amazon’s plans tell AllThingsD that the company hopes to debut the next iteration of the Kindle Fire in the second half of this year; the current launch window is late in the third quarter. To do so, Amazon has been approaching developers to bring them up to speed on the new hardware.
Here are a few key changes in the device that we’ve learned about from talking to sources who have been briefed:
The next iteration of the Fire will be thinner and lighter than the original. It will also have a built-in camera and a much-improved display.
And, more importantly, developers familiar with the device have been instructed to build their apps for a display with a 1280 x 800 pixel resolution, which is a bit different than the 1024 x 600 display of the current Kindle Fire.
Not only will that apparently make it sharper and more vibrant, it will give it a different aspect ratio, as well. In other words, the display has an entirely new width-to-height ratio.
The new Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will now have a fairly common aspect ratio in the tablet market, it will be compared against the 10.1-inch Toshiba Thrive and the Acer Iconia tablets both use 1280 x 800 displays as well as the recently released Google Nexus 7 Tablet.