As you know we are still thrilled about the Kindle Fire 2 official release date which is set for August the 7th, while the revealing is expected on the 31st of July. These news sound rather good but do not tell us that much about the actual device. So how much to we know about the Kindle Fire 2 specs based on actual information and rumors? Well there is some solid information, as well as many rumors, but let us not be concerned about that right now. Let us see what the new device must have in order to win the battle on the low-end tablet market.
Kindle Fire 2 Screen and Resolution Must be Better
So let us start with something most of us will first notice on the tablet - the screen size and resolution, as well as the quality. The first generation had a resolution of 1024 x 600 which was solid with its 7 inch screen and 169 pixels per inch. The Nexus 7 sets the bar at 1280 x 800 which is quite impressive when you look at it and since they are competitors in the same price range, the Kindle Fire 2 has to follow and produce the same if not better. Other tablets on the market that have this resolution are a bit more expensive, such as the Toshiba Thrive which starts at $380 so those won't be a major concern for the Amazon team.
|See more of these Kindle Fire 2 model renders from t3n.de|
As you know the first generation of the tablets had "only" 8 GB of storage space and the Google Nexus 7 priced at $199 also has this much. Neither feature the SD Card support which is a huge blow, however, the Nexus 7 comes in a 16 GB configuration for $249. Since there will certainly be a few of the Kindle Fire 2 models we can expect to see 16 GB as well, but perhaps at a lower price if the tablet really wants to sell! SD Card support would also be rather nice.
Better Design and Slimmer Body
It is certain that a design doesn't really impact the quality of the what's going on under the hood and we should certainly not be buying tablets or any other device based on looks. However, a metal casing (which was announced) and slimmer body (also confirmed) will certainly be a good improvement. Just how good this will be can't say for sure. You can have a look at the Kindle Fire 2 renders from t3n.de and see how these groups of talented individuals see the new tablet device. I must say that if Amazon comes up with something similar then that would certainly be quite nice.
Seeing as the Kindle Fire 2 runs a forked version of Android OS that will be heavily modified it will certainly be using less CPU as it is an OS that is clearly optimized for just that tablet. Even so, a better CPU is something we are always on the lookout for and a quad-core is what is currently needed to beat Google and the Tegra 3 on their Nexus 7. My bet is that the new tablet will certainly be sporting a quad core processor to be competitive.
A Camera Feature
This is certainly not a must for most people, but it is one of the highlighted things on the specs sheets on various review websites and it is something people will be judging the tablets by. The Google Nexus 7 took the lead with a 1.2 MP camera on the front for video chat, video calls and Google Hangouts, and Amazon should at least follow that minimum. However, a recent rumor said that it will feature a back camera as well. This sounds grate and could be a major threat for the Nexus 7 and the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 which is priced at $250. I am certain though that this feature might be reserved for some of the larger models and not the $199 7 inch one, although it would be a very nice thing to include.