Amazon Kindle Fire entry-level model to go HD

The entry-level 7-inch Amazon Kindle Fire is going high definition as its HD brothers get a specs boost.

The entry-level Amazon Kindle Fire is going HD. As its bigger brothers get a specs boost, the basic 7-inch tablet is also getting upgraded to make way for high-definition movies and games.

The Amazon Kindle Fire HD and the larger Kindle Fire HD 8.9 are set to be updated to match the eye-popping screen on the new Google Nexus 7 . And when the two high-definition models get a bunk-up, the entry-level Kindle Fire gets pulled up by their bootstraps.

BGR reports the basic 7-inch model will be updated to the high-definition 1,280x800-pixel screen currently found on the 7-inch HD model, an increase to the entry-level tablet's current 1,024x600 screen.

And it'll match the 1.5GHz dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 4470 processor with PowerVR SGX544 graphics found in the current HD tablets.

Across the board, the new Kindle Fires are reported to boast Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean software. They run Android, but it's a heavily altered version that doesn't work like your Android phone. To get round that, here's how to get the Google Play store on the Kindle Fire HD , and how to root the Kindle Fire .

The Kindle Fire was the first serious smaller tablet introduced to undercut the then world-conquering iPad. But times have changed oh so quickly, and now the Kindle Fire is up against the Nexus 7 and a host of wallet-friendly 7-inch slates -- there's even a smaller, cheaper Apple tablet in the shape of the iPad mini

What would you like to see in the new Kindle Fire? Can it compete against this much wider range of rivals? Tell me your thoughts in the comments or on our fiery Facebook page.

 

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