NPD Display Search analyst Richard Shim said that Amazon will release at least three follow-up models of its existing Kindle Fire, which is dubbed as the “Kindle Fire 2”. The production of the rumored devices will start this August, just in time for a fall launch. It is expected that the upcoming Amazon 7-inch tablet will bring new screen resolutions and 4G wireless compatibility.
Prior to this, there were speculations that Kindle Fire 2 is in the works. It was also rumored that the tablet will cost $199, pushing the current model to $149. The claims were consistent with the recent news about the devices’ screen resolution, although there were discrepancies with the screen size.
In relation to this, previous rumors stated that Amazon has been working on an 8.9 and 10.1-inch tablet. However, plans have changed and the online retailer ceased production of the 8.9-inch tablet. The 10.1-inch Kindle Fire 2, on the other hand, is set to be released as early as the fourth quarter of this year.
The three Amazon Kindle Fire 2 models are as follow:
- 1024 x 600-display without camera
- 1280 x 800-display with camera
- 1280 x 800-display with camera and 4G connectivity
Expected Features and Specs
After the production of smaller tablets, an 8.9-inch version would also hit the shelves afterwards. It will feature a 1920 x 1200-pixel display, and it would sit between Nexus 7 and other larger Android tablets.
The next-generation Kindle Fire will use either Texas instrument OMAP chips or NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 processors. Its screen will also boast a pixel density of 216 pixels per inch, which is similar to Google Nexus 7 but way higher than the first Kindle’s 170 ppi.
Pricing for the Kindle Fire is yet to be known, although there’s a bigger chance that the upcoming devices will be placed in the low-end market just like the original model. That is to drive content sales through Amazon’s online store.
Other than the tablets, there were also rumors that Amazon is building their first smartphone. Set to compete against Apple’s iPhone, it is still unknown which mobile operating system will the online retailer use. However, there were speculations that the handset will be sold at a loss, just like with most of Amazon-branded devices.
When Amazon’s Kindle Fire debuted last year, it took off with a good start. But demand for the device quickly decreased, as customer satisfaction was only half of those who were pleased with Apple’s third-generation iPad.