It’s very likely that Amazon will be getting ready to launch its newest lineup of Kindle Fire tablets during the press conference in Santa Monica, California on September 6th. That said, some reports are saying that the Seattle-based business may be getting ready to postpone the roll out of the 10 inch Kindle Fire in favor of some other devices that are smaller than the dominant iPad. Either that or Amazon wants to make sure they have a foothold in the market before Apple released their rumored 7 inch iPad.
According to AllThingsD, this larger version of the Kindle Fire is “definitely not a done deal,” as “it’s not clear if Amazon is ready to roll one out quite yet.”
“There might, though, be a slightly larger version, perhaps around eight inches or slightly more,” said Tricia Duryee from AllThingsD. ”While not getting a 10-inch version might disappoint some, with Apple’s latest iPad expected to be a smaller version, sources said that competing head on with the old one is a possibility but might not come in this iteration.”
Duryee also said that Amazon is still planning on going forward with a redesigned 7 inch device, which is supposedly supposed to be thinner and lighter than the original variation of the Kindle Fire. As for hardware, it’s likely that it’ll include a new built-in camera, along with an upgraded resolution set at 1280 x 800 pixels. It’s also rumored that Mobile broadband options could very well be arriving alongside Amazon’s new Fire lineup too, with Duryee saying that the current Wi-Fi only Kindle Fire issue will very likely be reestablished in the very near future.
“Today, Amazon packages 3G with some of its more expensive e-ink readers for free… But that seems like an impossible model when it comes to devices designed to be media hogs. While not optimal to make consumers pay for 3G or 4G, having the option is a feature consumers might be looking for,” Duryee added.
In other Kindle news, Engadget has said that Amazon is completely sold out of both its Wi-Fi and 3D Kindle Touch units. This issue seems to really line up with the upcoming press conference in Santa Monica, California on September 6th. This is probably a big factor into why the 10 inch Kindle Fire may have a slight delay. Then again, maybe Amazon is just trying to get rid of its older Kindle lineup and get this new one out as soon as possible.
Shawn Ingram of GottaBeMobile has said that the latest iteration of the Kindle Touch will will very likely have the same touchscreen, but is expected to boast new features that will bring the device up to speed with Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with Glowlight.
“The new Kindle Touch will likely have a light-up screen that will make reading in the dark much easier for Kindle owners,” he speculated.
“[And] since Amazon is out of stock of the Kindle Touch now, we assume the light-up model will be available the same day as the September 6 event. If not, the new model will likely go up for pre-order that day with a shipping date sometime shortly after.”
source: TG Daily