With Success of Google Nexus, Amazon Looks Set to Launch Four New Kindle Fires
According to Richard Shim, of NPD Display Search the tablet market is set to surpass notebook sales by 2014. And there is no greater rivalry for second place behind the dominant iPad than the one currently raging between Amazon’s Kindle Fire and the recently released Google Nexus 7. TGATP admits to being partial to the Kindle Fire. I won one at a Tripatini event early this year and since I use it mainly as a daily e-reader, I love the massive Amazon Kindle catalog of books.
Though we couldn’t get a definite from our Amazon contacts, rumor has it that the Amazon Kindle Fire is set to once again dominate the holiday tablet market. Shim also states that Amazon is set to drop, not one, but four new versions of the Fire this fall.
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2:1,024×600 display, no camera; August production.
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2: 1,280×800 display with camera; August production.
- 7-inch Kindle Fire 2: 1,280×800 display with camera and 4G; September production
- 8.9-inch Kindle Fire 2: With 1,920×1,200 display; Q4 production.
To surpass the sold out Nexus 7, Amazon has added important features, like a camera and 4G, to the newer models. In addition, the PPI (pixels per inch) will be 216, a step up from the current 170, but still lagging behind the 264 on the Apple iPad. My favorite things about the original Kindle were he fact that, unlike an iPad, you could read it in direct sunlight and the incredible almost one month battery life without WiFi. So I pray for an anti-glare screen and a longer battery life on the Kindle Fire 2, as these features along with the 4G and a camera, would really put Amazon ahead of the pack.
There are also conflicting reports that Amazon may launch a 10″ version of the Kindle Fire and even an Amazon Smartphone!