Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Google and Amazon Push Android Tablets Into Full HD Era

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Last September Amazon updated the tablet product line with two Kindle Fire HDs. One year passed, the new generation of Kindle Fire is around the corner, and the significant improvement might still happen on the screen.

Someone found a device labeled "Amazon KFAPWA", this device equipes Android 4.2.2 and an ultra HD screen, the resolution is amazing 2560*1600. From the specs we can figure out this device is exactly the new generation of Kindle Fire HD 8.9.

To keep up with such a HD screen, the new Kindle Fire HD 8.9 uses Adreno 330 GPU and Snapdragon 800 CPU. The Spapdragon 800 is the top gear for tablet and cellphone at the moment.

And we can also guess, the Kindle Fire HD 7's screen will be 1920*1200 to differ from the HD 8.9. But I don't think it will use Snapdragon 800, instead the CPU will be chosen from Tegra.

The first tablet reaches 2560*1600 is Google Nexus 10, but it had little sales impact. And in Android tablet market, Google and Amazon are the duo who take the majority of the cake. Not long ago Google introduced the 2nd generation of Nexus 7 and the screen is 1920*1200.

With Amazon's two new tablets also reach 1920*1200 and 2560*1600, the Android tablet has officialy entered full HD era. No doubt Sumsung and Sony will follow throught quickly. Along with the new iPad mini with Retina screen, the 7-inch HD tablets are blooming.

Nexus 10's failure has a big correlation with the price, with Nexus 7 and new Kindle Fire HDs adopting full HD screen, the full HD screen will enter low-cost market. More white-label will join this wave before long and enhance the quality of Android tablet again, this will bring more pressure on Apple.

Don't forget, Apple just lost ground in tablet market by the first time, and Android made it.