Amazon ‘to launch Kindle Fire 2’ on September 6

by Doug Drinkwater

August 24 2012

Amazon is expected to take the wraps off the second Kindle Fire in LA
Amazon is expected to take the wraps off the second Kindle Fire in LA

Amazon looks set to launch its second Kindle Fire in September, with the firm also reportedly working on a 10-inch model.

This news comes about after Jeff Bezos’ firm sent out invitations to members of the press, asking for them to attend an Amazon press conference being held at an airport hanger in Santa Monica, California on September 6.

No further details were released, but given that the event is being organized by the firm's Kindle division, a tablet looks the most likely bet. A September launch certainly ties in with the recent rumors, while Barnes & Noble recently cut the price of its 8GB and 16GB Nook Tablets, presumably in the knowledge that a new Kindle Fire is coming to market.

The Kindle Fire 2 will reportedly be thinner and have a better display (1280 x 800 resolution) than its predecessor (1024 x 600). The new model is also expected to have a camera for the first time, a faster chip, improved graphics and an updated version of Android, as well as a price tag of $199. The original Kindle Fire will drop to $149, according to sources.

Amazon is expected to launch as many as six new tablets over the course of the next year, according to Staples, and new rumors suggest that Amazon is working on a 10-inch Kindle Fire. This model is expected to run a skinned version of Android, have a front-facing camera and feature microUSB and microHDMI ports.

The original Kindle Fire launched in September of last year, and quickly jumped up to #2 place in the tablet market, behind Apple. However, the arrival of Google’s Nexus 7 has seen sales taper off in more recent times, say market researchers.

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