Amazon has sent out invitations for a press conference on September 6th in Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, California. The invitation does not reveal the reason why they are holding a press event. It is strongly believed, however, that Amazon will unveil one or several new Kindle devices during the conference.
Several months ago, CNET reported that Amazon was preparing a follow-up to the popular Kindle Fire tablet. Allegedly, the device would feature a camera as well as physical buttons to control volume. Moreover, the new Kindle Fire could have a display with a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, an improvement over the 1024 x 600 pixel resolution of the original Kindle Fire. In addition, there could be an 8GB model as well as a 16GB model. To remain competitive amid the sea of tablets available in the market, Amazon could try to keep the cost of the future Kindle Fire down by means of placing advertisements on a Special Offers unit. Amazon could also keep selling the original Kindle Fire but with a lesser price, such as $149. Meanwhile, one of the improved versions could sell for $199 while another for $249.
Apart from an enhanced Kindle Fire tablet, Amazon has been rumored to be working on a larger Kindle Fire. Supposedly, the device will have a display spanning 10 inches, which would allow the device to be an alternative to the similarly-sized Apple iPad.
Still in the rumor mill is an Amazon-branded Android smartphone. To realize this goal, Amazon reportedly partnered with Foxconn. Foxconn is the same company that produces the iPhone. The Amazon smartphone, like the Kindle Fire, would have access to the Kindle app store as well as sport the modified version of Android that Amazon uses. All these considered, it seems unlikely that Amazon will showcase a smartphone during the press event.
Whether Amazon reveals a tablet or a smartphone on September 6, it should expect some tough competition. Apple, for one, is preparing for the launch of a new iPhone and iPad soon. Apart from that, Barnes & Noble could launch a new Nook Tablet.