Deatils of Amazon's 2013 version of its budget Kindle Fire tablet range have been leaked, with the online retailer betting big on faster processors and higher resolution displays.

Current-Gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 inch version (Left) and 7inch version (Right) (Credit:
Current-Gen Amazon Kindle Fire HD Tablets 8.9 inch version (Left) and 7 inch version (Right) (Credit:

The leaks comes from sources close to the company who spoke to website BGR but have yet to be confirmed by Amazon. Amazon is set to launch new versions of its Kindle Fire range in the coming months, in time for the Christmas season, following Google's announcement last week of an updated Nexus 7 tablet..

The 2013 Kindle Fire HD will continue to feature a 7in screen but, like the Nexus 7 will get a resolution boost to 1920 x 1200 pixels. It is also suggested the tablet will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 800 series quad-core chipset, supporting up to 2GHz processor speeds.

The tablet is likely to get a new design also, though it's unclear yet what exactly where the changes will be made.

In terms of pricing, Amazon is likely to retain the budget pricing we saw with last year's model (£159 for the 16GB model), with Amazon seeking to recover costs through selling content such as apps, music and of course books.

Larger screen

Amazon is also likely to update its larger screen Kindle Fire, keeping the 8.9in screen but giving it a panel with a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels, which would mean an eye-wteringly sharp pixel density of 339 pixels per inch. This version is to be powered by the same CPU processor as the 7in model, which is real statement of intent on Amazon's behave, as it is a top-of-the-line mobile processor.

It is believed that both tablets will again come in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB variants. Though the tablets are supposed to feature 4G connectivity, there is no word on different 4G network band support across the UK. Both devices are to run on Android 4.2.2 but so heavily customised is Amazon's UI that the software is virtually unrecognisable as being Google's software.

BGR speculates the tablets will arrive by late September.