This week Amazon will launch two new models of its popular tablet computer / e-reader Kindle Fire. Tech rumors indicate that the devices will have a radical new design.
The big clue is with the sudden 'sold out' status on Amazon's on-line stores of its Kindle Fire device tallied with the rumors that Amazon will launch two new versions of the Kindle on September 6 2012. Both will of a 7-inch design. The news comes ahead of the Nexus Tablet, which is set to rival the Kindle at the lower end of the tablet computer market.
Amazon launched the $199 tablet during November 2011. It was the first Kindle to boast a color screen and the ability to run third-party applications. The current Kindle Fire has a web browser, links to the Android app store as well as Amazon's own, and is compatible with Netflix, Pandora, and Hulu.
The Verge, in its preview, states that new Kindles will have a revamped operating system, with the new higher-end version rumored to have a faster processor, a camera, physical volume controls, and an HDMI port. Both devices are set to have a larger storage capacity. According to DigiTimes, Quanta Computer have begun manufacturing the new devices.
CNET notes that the new readers will disappoint those who had hoped that Amazon would issue tablets with larger screens and come up with something which would rival the ever popular iPad.
As yet, there is no pricing information for the new Kindle devices.