Amazon dropped the price on the current 7-inch Kindle Fire HD by $40 today, sparking rumors that a new model may arrive in the near future. It’s been almost a year since Amazon launched its current line Kindle Fire tablets last September, and excitement over the rumored new models of the Android-based devices continues to build. The online retailer still hasn’t revealed when the refreshed tablets will launch, but we expect to see them unveiled in the next few weeks.
The 7-inch 16GB Kindle Fire HD currently costs just $159—down from $199—while the 32GB model now costs $204 under the special promotion. Meanwhile, the 8.9-inch model still has the same price tag, at $269 for 16GB and $299 for 32GB. Before you jump on this limited-time deal, remember that with a refreshed model incoming you may regret not waiting, and of course, there’s also Google’s new Nexus 7 for stock-Android devotees.
The redesigned Kindle Fire series is expected to come quipped with sharper displays starting at a 1,280 x 800-pixel resolution for the basic Kindle Fire (up from 1,024 x 600), while the 7-inch HD will likely come with a 1,920 x 1,200-pixel display and the HD 8.9 could sport a 2,560 x 1,600-pixel display. The refreshed device is also expected to feature a Snapdragon 800 processor chip.