August 07, 2013, 6:00 AM —
I was an early adopter of Google's Nexus 7 tablet, so when the 2013 model was revealed I knew my willpower wouldn't hold out long, and it didn't. I got the new model about a week ago and I've been quite pleased with it. It's faster and lighter than the older version, and of course it has that high pixel-density (323 PPI) screen.
But it may be that I should have held out a bit longer. Early last week BGR leaked the specs of an upcoming upgrade to Amazon's Kindle tablets. The leak mentioned that the new Kindle HD would have a screen that matched the 2013 Nexus 7, but with a much faster processor (" a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) system on a chip, which includes four Krait 400 CPUs and Adreno 330 graphics").
Never a site to shy away from hyperbole, BGR says "If the current tablets are kindling, Amazon’s next-generation Kindle Fire HD tablet lineup is a full-blown inferno.."
I read the post when it came out but didn't think too much about it; we see leak posts constantly and most of them wind up being wide of the mark. But then yesterday Amazon cut the price of the Kindle Fire HD from $199 to $159 (thanks to Android Authority for bringing the cut to our attention).
Hmm, suddenly an imminent new Kindle HD model seems much more likely. Maybe BGR has it right, or maybe we'll see a new model with more modest specs, but it seems likely something new is coming pretty soon.
If you're in the market for a new tablet and were looking at the 2013 Nexus 7, it might make sense to wait a few weeks to see what shakes out. Of course you'll still be forgoing the Google Play store for the Amazon Appstore, so if you're more interested in a 'pure' Android experience then grab that Nexus 7; it's a great tablet.
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