Expected to be launched this summer, targeting July 31st
CNET reports that the next version of Amazon’s Kindle e-book reader, Fire 2, will be out soon.
It expected to be launched this summer, targeting July 31st. On the speculative side, DigiTimes reported the Amazon was “considering launching” a tablet with higher resolution of 1,280 by 800-pixel “at the beginning of the third quarter,” priced around $199.
Although the higher resolution display is still unconfirmed, the new tablet may have a camera & volume control buttons (physical ones, unlike the older version). Moreover, nothing has been mentioned about expanding the built-in memory of 8GB, Bluetooth connectivity & the processor power it would have.
On the competition side, Amazon is expected to introduce the new tablet at a lower price point, compared to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Simple Touch with GlowLight. More importantly though, Amazon has to match the upcoming tablet rival, the Asus-made Google Nexus Tablet, running the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at 1.3Ghz quad-core Tegra 3 processor & a GeForce 12-core graphics processor & many other features.
It looks like Amazon has to match not only the pricing points, but also the specs to be at an advantage.