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07-07-2012, 05:08 AM #1
Report Claims Amazon to Launch Three New Kindle Fire Models This Fall
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.
07-07-2012, 08:51 AM #2
If Apple launches a 7" tablet..hmmm wonder if that would be enough to douce the FIRE?
07-07-2012, 09:03 AM #3
The more competition the better
07-07-2012, 10:10 AM #4
I used the Kindle Fire, and it was pretty good. No real evident problems, and was fun to use. But I have heard reports of a 7" iPad being released in the near future, and if that will have the same software features as the regular iPad, but at the same price of the Kindle Fire, then I will probably have to say iPad 7" haha.
07-07-2012, 10:53 AM #5
the kindle fire has never needed dousing. put more gas on it.
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07-07-2012, 12:55 PM #6
I thought Apple is crazy trying to release two different iPad models in the same year but Amazon's topped that already lol. I didn't quite like the first gen Fire, I'm curious to see if any of these three will perform better. But if that smaller iPad does come out, that's what I'm buying.
07-07-2012, 02:33 PM #7
the kindle fire never needed dousing. pour more gas on it.
07-07-2012, 02:57 PM #8
07-07-2012, 07:30 PM #9
I think even $299 or $249 is a plausible price at least. I would still buy an iPad over the Fire even with a higher price. Didn't quite like the hardware performance on the Fire. iOS is a must for me anyhow.
07-08-2012, 12:22 AM #10
I have a rooted fire with an ice cream sandwich rom installed. Its way better than the original amazon os. Its pretty darn cool, but, if the 7" iPad comes, I'm all over that! Its just so nice how the apps and iOS work together,not to mention airplay and apple TV.
07-08-2012, 04:44 AM #11
i think i hit the "add comment" button twice. ... doesn't matter. this page is only showing one comment anyway. it's all yours, bigboy!
Last edited by hank197857; 07-08-2012 at 11:18 AM. Reason: clarity