Amazon will introduce a new Kindle Fire tablet with a metal housing in late August or early September, according to a report from Tech Kiddy. Citing Taiwanese supply chain sources, the blog claims that the launch will involve three fresh Kindle HD 2 tablets with the aforementioned housing to update the present tablet lineup. Given that the Kindle Fire HD, Amazon’s most recent tablet, was released in September last year, this alleged schedule is not all that surprising.
The Taiwan-based supplier Compal Electronics has purportedly been given the go signal to ship a million units of the device. Last year, Quanta was in charge of manufacturing the Amazon tablets, but since Amazon decided to change the housing, it inked a deal with Compal Electronics for the next iteration of its Android tablets.
The Kindle Fire 2, according to the same report, will have three versions: The first one is a 7-inch tablet with a display that has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels. The next has the same display size, but with a higher resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. The third has a display measuring 8.9 inches, which has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels.
Amazon will also be making some changes to the design of the tablets. The new tablets will come with more angular, instead rounded, corners. The power button and volume controls have also been moved from the sides to the back, supposedly to prevent users from accidentally touching them when handling the device. Lastly, the Kindle Fire 2 HD tablets will weigh less than the present lineup.
Amazon offered some discounts on the 7-inch Kindle Fire HD earlier this month, bringing down the price of the 16GB model from $199 to $169. The company possibly wanted to get rid of some stocks and make some space for the upcoming tablets.
Will you be picking up any of the upcoming Kindle Fire 2 HD tablets?