Amazon’s expected to launch a new line of Kindle Fire tablets this fall, and according to reports, we may be able to expect models with high-definition displays and blazing-fast processors.
Now benchmark results from GFXBench would seem to confirm those reports.
The benchmark website has been choc full of scores and specifications for unannounced devices in recent months, and now a new Amazon tablet has popped up at GFXBench,
According to the website, the tablet is code-named Apollo, and it will have a 2560 x 1600 pixel display and a processor which runs at speeds between 300 MHz and 2150 MHz.
That would seem to confirm earlier reports that the next-generation Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets would have Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processors, and that the 8.9 inch model would have a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen.
If the rumors hold up, we may be able to expect a new 7 inch model with the same processor and a 1920 x 1200 pixel display. Both are expected to have 2 GB of RAM and operating systems based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
Amazon will also likely offer a new entry-level Kindle Fire tablet with a 1280 x 800 pixel screen and a slower processor.
Up until now all of Amazon’s tablets have been powered by Texas Instruments OMAP 4 dual-core processors. But Texas Instruments has pretty much pulled out of the consumer electronics space in order to focus on niche markets such as the automotive electronics industry where there’s not as much pressure to come out with major advances every 6 to 12 months.
So if Amazon wants to continue offering high-end tablets at budget prices, the company needs to look elsewhere for its processor technology. What’s a little surprising is that Amazon seems to have chosen the same processor used in top-tier smartphones which typically sell for $600 or more. The company’s tablets, on the other hand, tend to sell for between $160 and $300.