Redesigned Amazon Kindle Fire HD images leak to the Web

Purported images of a dramatically redesigned Amazon Kindle Fire HD show hard edges and newly styled buttons.

Is this Amazon's new Kindle Fire HD? Boy Genius Report

Amazon is expected to announce a next-generation Kindle Fire HD at some point soon. And when it does, that device might look notably different than its predecessor.

Boy Genius Report on Wednesday published images of what it claims, is the next-generation Kindle Fire HD. The images show a completely redesigned slate featuring hard edges and newly styled buttons. The images show only the 7-inch Kindle Fire model, but according to BGR's sources, an 8.9-inch model that's in the works will come with a similar design.

The allegedly new Kindle Fire HD comes with speakers at the top of the device, rather than on the back like current models. In addition, the device will reportedly ship with a 1,920x1,200-pixel display, the quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and 2GB of RAM. Amazon plans to offer up to 64GB of internal storage, according to BGR's sources.

Whether the device in the image will actually turn out to be the next-generation Kindle Fire remains to be seen. Like other companies, Amazon often creates prototypes before deciding on a final design, so it's a good idea to take the images with a grain of salt.

If and when a next-generation Kindle Fire HD will launch is unknown at this point. However, BGR's sources say that the 7-inch model could be available "in the coming weeks," while the 8.9-inch version won't hit store shelves until November.

CNET has contacted Amazon for comment on the images. We will update this story when we have more information.

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