Amazon May Introduce Kindle Fire 2 In Late July


Amazon May Introduce Kindle Fire 2 In Late July

Even tough few have thought that an Amazon tablet would become relevant on a market dominated by Apple and its iPad, the Kindle Fire proved the contrary and in just three quarters it managed to bite a large chunk of the tablet market share pie.

Pre-loaded with an operating system that barely looks like Android 2.3 Gingerbread after Amazon’s team have customized it and a price of only $199, the Kindle Fire have quickly become the customer’s favorite cheap tablet. Quoting a “credible source,” CNET writes that Amazon is getting ready to introduce Kindle Fire’s successor in late July.

CNET’s source comes to back up what DigiTimes, popular for their accurate information regarding unreleased products, already reported: Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire 2 at the beginning of Q3 2012.

Rumor has it that Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will sport a 7-inch display with a higher resolution of 1,280 x 800 pixels. Reports say that the next-gen Kindle Fire will come with a camera and physical volume buttons after many of the tablet owners have complained about the on-screen volume controls. As about the rumored 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch Kindle Fire models, it seems that the online retailer have bashed the development of the 8.9-inch version, while the high-end model will debut sometime in late 2012 or first quarter of 2013.

Sources indicate that Amazon plans to drop the price of the Kindle Fire 2 to $149, maybe to compete against the highly-anticipated affordable Google tablet.

The Google I/O event is set to kick off on June 27th and rumor has it that Google will unveil a Nexus 7 tablet after the search engine giant teamed-up with ASUS. It looks like the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered Google slate will sport a 7-inch display, quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, 1 GB of RAM, camera and 8 or 16 GB of internal storage, all these fore a mere $149 for the 8 GB model or $199 for the 16 GB version.

Is Amazon capable of beating the Google Nexus 7? We don’t know yet, but it looks like another big player is getting ready to penetrate the 7-inch tablet market: Apple. Rumor has it that the Cupertino-based company is working on a 7.85-inch iOS-tablet that will go against the Kindle Fire 2 and the Nexus 7.

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