In addition, the new report goes further, and says that this year Amazon.com might do what it couldn't in 2011: release both a 7-inch and 10-inch version of its tablet. Not only has the report's source handled both models, he also provided a number of details on the new tablets. However, it is unclear if both models will be released in July.
For one, build quality on the new devices has been much improved. With Google's Nexus 7 shipping in two to three weeks, priced at the same $199 slot as the original Kindle Fire and with much better specs (a second model with 16GB instead of 8GB is priced at $249), Amazon.com needs to up its game.
Both models ship with a microUSB port and an additional jack that may - or may not - be an HDMI-out port. The source described the new tablets as being slightly thinner than a first-generation iPad, but added that there are no buttons of any type on the front of either version.
There are still a number of things that are unclear, including the internal specs of the device and the all-important price. Since the Nexus 7 carries a quad-core Tegra 3 processor and a 12-core graphics chip, if Amazon.com's 7-inch tablet's hardware specs pale in comparison, it may lose out.
The 10-inch model, of course, would be cut a little slack, but it can't show up under-powered or - larger screen or not - it will see its sales impacted by the Nexus 7, which many believe will cannibalize market share not from the iPad, but from other Android tablets.