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10-inch Amazon Kindle Fire tab rendered and benchmarked ahead of launch

The slim-bezeled Android seems to come much closer to a stock software experience than all its predecessors, but unfortunately, the specs are nothing to write home about.

10-inch Fire tablet

Amazon is understandably reluctant to take another chance on a Fire Phone after the first-gen’s monumental box-office missteps, and while the company’s hardware department faces general cutbacks, its tablet family will continue to spawn new low-cost iPad contenders, at least this holiday season.

Rumor has it last year’s Fire HD 6 is set to push the $99 price further down for a diluted 2015 edition, whereas the HD 7 and HDX 8.9 may get replaced by slightly larger 8 and 10-inch models. The size increase doesn’t automatically spell under-the-hood upgrades, at least if we take a GFX Bench listing of a mystery Amazon “KFTBWI” device for granted.

The benchmarked pre-release prototype apparently sports a 1,280 x 800 pixels resolution 10-inch screen, considerably down from the ppi delivered by the 2014 2,560 x 1,600 Fire HDX 8.9. Namely, just 150 pixels per inch, compared to 339.

Amazon Fire 10-inch benchmark

The good news is Amazon already has an Android 5.1 Lollipop fork in the pipeline, it seems, but the bad doesn’t stop at the low-res display, with 1 GB RAM provided in lieu of 2, a middling quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT8135 SoC taking over for the 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 805 silicon, and 5 MP rear camera in the mix, instead of 8 megapixels.

Internal storage space hopefully starts at 16 GB if microSD support is once again left out, with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth covering merely the connectivity bases, as NFC and 3G or 4G LTE are seemingly missing.

On the bright side, a revealing press render tweeted by the all-knowing @evleaks (all hail Evan Blass) suggests the Seattle-based e-tail specialist will keep the proprietary Android modifications to a minimum for a change.

Well, we wouldn’t call the pictured UI stock or vanilla, far from it, but purists can look at it without risking a seizure. Also, the tab’s exterior design is clean and minimalistic, almost somber, with absolutely no bells and whistles, tiny camera modules, and a straightforward rear Amazon emblem. Interesting approach in an age of flamboyance and sophistication, don’t you think?

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