Amazon to fire up new Kindle tablets this year, says report

The lineup would include a new version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire and Kindle Fire HD as well as a refresh of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD, says Boy Genius Report.

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Amazon plans to update its fleet of Kindle tablets by launching at least three new models this year, according to blog site Boy Genius Report.

Citing "trusted sources," the folks at BGR claim that the first tablet would be a new version of the 7-inch Kindle Fire. The screen size of the tablet would remain the same as the existing model. But the resolution would be upped from 1,024x600 to 1,280x800.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire HD in turn would jump to 1,920x1,200 pixels, say BGR's sources, while the 8.9-inch model would offer your eyes a resolution of 2,560x1,600.

The new tablets would go through a few small design changes, such as a repositioning of the power and volume buttons. They would also be lighter than their current counterparts.

Pricing remains a mystery, but BGR's sources say the new tablets would launch in the fall, possibly around September ahead of the holiday shopping season.

In response to a request for comment, Amazon told CNET that it doesn't comment on rumors and speculation.

In other Kindle-related news, Amazon's Kurt Kufeld confirmed to All Things Digital that the company has been quietly testing Flash support with Kindle Fire owners since February.