Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Kindle Fire 2 unveiling at the end of July: report

If you are waiting for the next-generation Kindle Fire, your wait may not be a long one. CNET says that a credible source has told them that Amazon will unveil the Kindle Fire 2 this summer, with a launch event scheduled for July 31.

Naturally, that's all rumor. However, there has been talk of a Kindle Fire 2 for some time, including rumors of the current version of the Kindle Fire seeing a price reduction to $149 (down from $199) and continuing to sell, while a new, higher-resolution tablet (1280 x 800) slots itself in at $199.

With Google's Nexus 7 expected to be unveiled at Google I/O, perhaps as early as tomorrow, a new Kindle Fire 2 with upgraded specs is needed. The Nexus 7 is expected to carry a $199 price tag, but with a quad-core processor 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 processor and other upgraded hardware specs, as well as Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) as opposed to the Kindle Fire's forked Gingerbread build.

Among the other enhanced specs in the Nexus 7 are a 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GeForce 12-core graphics processor, front-facing camera, and 1GB of RAM.

CNET's source said that the new tablet would have a camera and physical volume-control buttons (the original Kindle Fire only has on-screen volume controls). It was unclear whether the camera would be rear- or front-facing, and if the Kindle Fire 2 would have more than the original's 8GB of internal storage. Also unclear is if the new device would support Bluetooth or microSD cards, features missing from the original Kindle Fire.

There has also been talk that would follow the same methology it did with the Kindle, by offering an ad-supported Special Offers version of the Kindle Fire. In the case of the Kindle, the ads only display as sponsored screensavers on the Kindle screensaver, so if they attempt to do the same on the Kindle Fire, we'll see if they manage to make it as unobtrusive.

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