According to NPD Display Search senior analyst, Richard Shim, Amazon will begin production of follow-up models to its Kindle Fire in late summer, ahead of a possible fall rollout that is expected to bring new screen resolutions and 4G wireless compatibility to the 7-inch tablet. The internet retail giant is said to be bringing at least three models of what is being called the “Kindle Fire 2” to the market and could potentially have an 8.9-inch version in the works for a fourth quarter 2012 release.
Shim, citing “supply chain” sources from a number of different parts manufacturers, expected three distinct 7-inch models that are rumored to show up in time for the holiday season. The three models include the following:
- 1,024-by-600 display, no camera; August production.
- 1,280-by-800 display with camera; August production.
- 1,280-by-800 display with camera and 4G connectivity; September production.
It is being said that an 8.9-inch version with a 1,920 by 1,200 pixel display is said to follow the production of the smaller models as well. Such a device would sit comfortably between the recently-released Google Nexus 7 and larger 9.7-inch Android tablets.
The next-generation Kindle tablets are expected to be using either Texas Instruments OMAP chips or Nvidia’s quad-core Tegra 3 processors. The screens for the new devices will reportedly boast a density of 216 pixels per inch, identical to the Nexus 7 but short of the third generation iPad’s 264 PPI Retina display. Still, the company is looking to provide an improvement over the first Kindle’s 170 PPI. Pricing for the tablets continues to remain unknown, however it is likely that they will be more budget focused tablet prices, more targeted to drive content sales through the Amazon online store.
Amazon seems to be trying to ramp up the competition with its fair share of releases into the market. We can’t forget about the rumored Amazon smartphone which is also said to release sometime in the near future and compete with Apple, Google, and Microsoft primarily in the smartphone market. Apple just needs to keep an eye out and keep on doing what they have been doing successfully all along, attract and retain customers with aesthetically pleasing and simple-to-use devices.