A source at Amazon tells AllThingsD it intends to unveil the new Android-based tablet in the next few months, and the super-retailer has been contacting developers to clue them up on the new model, which will apparently sport a thinner, lighter body, and will have a camera, although its resolution hasn't yet been mentioned.
Developers are being told to design their apps for a resolution of 1,280x800 pixels, higher than the Kindle Fire's current screen size of 1,024x600. For that size, the aspect ratio of the unit has to be a little different in height and width, changing from an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60 (not so skinny).
This difference will make for a sharper, prettier screen, resulting in sharper text, and hopefully improving the reading experience. I'm also anticipating an upgrade to the processor and graphics chip.
If the rumoured specs are true, the Fire 2 may be on the same level as the exciting, which also boasts a 1,280x700-pixel display, and features crazy-fast processing and graphics performance with its Tegra 3 processor, the same chip that powers the blindingly fast .
The Fire seems to be cooling a little, with sales dropping from a gargantuan 4.8
million in the last three months of 2011 to less than 750,000 in the
first three of 2012, AllThingsD notes.
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