New entry-level Amazon Kindle fire to feature HD display?

The entry-level iteration of the third-generation Amazon Kindle Fire tablet will offer a high-definition screen, according to reports on Friday.

BGR claims to have obtained a full spec list for the most affordable 7-inch tablet in Amazon’s yet-to-be-announced 2013 line-up, which outlines a 1200 x 800 screen.

That’s the same resolution as the current 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet and would represent an upgrade from the 1024 x 600 screen currently found on the cheaper option.

According to BGR the device will also get a processor upgrade to a 1.5GHz dual-core chip, made by Texas Instruments, along with the same Power VR graphics as the existing HD slates. However, there won’t be an improvement on the current 1GB of RAM, the report claims.

The device will arrive packing a heavily-forked version of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but naturally won’t offer access to those key Google apps and the Google Play store unless users root their device to access the raw version of the operating system.

The device is likely to keep the same price point of just £129 for the 8GB iteration, with 16GB and 32GB offerings also in the pipeline.

The specs may not be as impressive as the new Google Nexus 7 2 tablet, but that saving and the addition of a higher-resolution screen should be enough to continue Amazon’s great run of form with its affordable Android slate.

Also expected later this year are new versions of the 7-inch and Kindle Fire 8.9-inch HD slates. Earlier reports have suggested both of those slates will go full HD with the new upgrades.

Would it be too much to expect an Amazon smartphone or the games console rumoured again on Friday?

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