Amazon’s Kindle Fire, which has so far been a success, has only been released for less than a year (Nov. 2011). However, there are already rumors going about that the Kindle Fire 2 will be released later in the year. With the Google Nexus 7 tablet set to ship only weeks away, Amazon is looking to counter with its own punch.
It is being said that Amazon may be planning to announce the Kindle Fire 2 on July 31st and have about 2 million Kindle Fire 2 units will be ready to ship by an August 7th launch date. As for the models, there are various reports in what Amazon will release. According to Richard Shim, an analyst for NPD DisplaySearch, he predicts that there will be as many as four Kindle Fire 2 models in the works.
-The first model would be a 7-inch tablet with a 1,024×600 display with no camera.
-The second model would also be 7 inches but features a 1,280×800 display and camera. (These two models would be released in August).
-The third model will be similar to the second but will have 4G and released in September.
-The fourth model would be slightly larger at 8.9 inches and feature a 1920×1200 display with a camera and no 4G. This model would debut in the fourth quarter of the year.
(Note that it is not a definite that Amazon will be launching four different models of the Kindle Fire 2 but it is safe to assume there will be at least two. It should still be debuting by August.)
There are also various reports that Amazon will launch a bigger model of the Kindle Fire 2- a 10-inch tablet with HD resolution.
One reason why the original Kindle Fire was so popular was its low price at $200. We expect that the Kindle Fire 2 models would be around the same price range or slightly higher and that the Kindle Fire price will drop to around $150.