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Kindle Fire 2 set for Increased Display Resolution


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According to allthingsD, Amazon are planning an increase in screen resolution for the follow-up on their 'Tablet-Lite', the Kindle Fire, later on in the year. Not only will it be thinner and lighter than before but it will also now feature a built-in camera along with the new 1280 x 800 pixel resolution. The previous screen res weighs in at 1024 x 600.

As the eagle-eyed amongst you will have noticed, that not only means an increase in pixel count but also a change in aspect ratio meaning the 'Fire 2' will match competing models from Acer and Toshiba as well as the new Google Nexus 7 tablet.

“The really interesting thing here is that the screen shape is changing slightly: From an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in its standard Portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60,” DisplayMate President Raymond Soneira told allthingsD.

“That’s a 67 percent increase in total pixels, and it is visually significant,” he said. “It gives the display a PPI (pixels per inch) of 216.”

Increased resolution generally means a commensurate increase in power consumption but DisplaySearch senior analyst Richard Shim seems unconcerned, “The increase in pixel density isn’t as drastic as it was in the 1024 x 768 iPad 2 to 2048 x 1536 new iPad, so it’s less likely to significantly alter battery life or thickness.”

Of course, for now, this is largely academic for us in the UK as Amazon have yet to confirm we will see the Kindle Fire on our shores but is has to be coming, surely?
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