As we head closer to the one-year anniversary of Amazon’s Kindle Fire HDX tablets, the successor to the 8.9-inch model has been spotted by the folks at AnTuTu in their benchmarking database.
According to a report in Aututu, the next-gen Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 will come with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 quad-core processor, Android 4.4.4-based Fire OS, 8MP rear camera and 1MP front camera. The tablet will also reportedly sport a 2560x1600p display, and 2GB of RAM.
Other specifications are still a mystery but we can expect to see the tablet in 16/ 32/ 64GB storage variants.
Like the last-year’s version, we expect an announcement around September 2014. There is still no word on the 7-inch details but they are likely be similar to the 8.9-inch variant.
Amazon Fire Phone costs $205 to make
In related news, tear-down analysis by research firm IHS has revealed that Amazon’s Fire Phone costs $205 to manufacture. This amount includes the component cost and manufacturing cost of the smartphone but it doesn’t account for the research and development spend, which could be significant in the case of Fire phone.
“The features that differentiate the Amazon Fire Phone—particularly its unique Dynamic Perspective interface—required the development of specialized hardware and software. This kind of R&D effort is expensive and can only be paid off through major sales success. In a highly competitive smartphone space dominated by Samsung and Apple, Amazon will face the considerable challenge of selling enough Fire Phones to make its R&D effort worthwhile,” said Andrew Rassweiler, senior director, cost benchmarking services for IHS.
To remind you, Fire Phone is sold for $650 without contract on AT&T in the United States.