- BGR follows up on its July 9 scoop about new Kindle Fire (AMZN -0.1%) models sporting higher-resolution displays by reporting next-gen 7" and 8.9" Fire HD models will use Qualcomm's (QCOM +1%) top-of-the-line Snapdragon 800 CPU (quad-core, reportedly clocked at 2GHz.).
- Texas Instruments, which has thus far been Amazon's app processor supplier, announced last fall it's exiting the mobile app processor market.
- The 8.9" Fire HD will reportedly have an 8MP rear camera; the 7" model will be camera-free.
- The entry-level Kindle Fire will ship with 8GB-32GB of storage; the HD models will have 16GB-64GB.
- Amazon is reportedly aiming for a fall launch.
- The updated Fires will arrive with Barnes & Noble gradually exiting the tablet market, and reports indicating a retina iPad Mini won't launch until 2014. However, Amazon will have to compete with a new Nexus 7 (receiving good reviews) and Samsung's refreshed Galaxy Tab/Note lineup.