Kindle Fire HD to get hardware updates

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD will get a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2560X1600 resolution and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean later this year.
Codrut Nistor,

Amazon's Kindle Fire HD may not be as successful as its competitors from Samsung or Apple, but that doesn't mean it won't receive any new updates as new hardware becomes available. While not official yet, it seems the next generation Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablet is already being benchmarked.

The first results of what seems to be the updated Kindle Fire HD have been spotted recently on GFXBench. Two new Amazon tablets have been benchmarked and their codenames are rather cryptic - KFAPWA and KFTHWI. The first two letters of these names could be pointing at Kindle Fire. The main features are these:

  • CPU: 2.15 GHz Snapdragon 800 
  • Display: unknown, could be 8.9-inch or more
  • Memory/Storage: 2 GB; 16/32/64 GB
  • OS: Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean customized by Amazon

If analyzed carefully, the information provided by GFXBench can reveal the fact that two different Kindle Fire HD tablets are under development. The main difference between the two is their resolution, the KFTHWI offering only 1,920X1,600, while the KFAPWA goes as high as 2,560X1,600.

If the above proves to be true, Amazon may release a 8.9-inch and a 10.1-inch Kindle Fire HD. Unfortunately, nothing is official yet and a lot can change until the official announcement of this new Amazon tablet.


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Codrut Nistor, 2013-08-16 (Update: 2013-08-18)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.