The new Kindle Fire 2 release date appears very close, as recent reports indicate that Amazon will release the new versions of its handheld device in August of 2012. It's also been reported that there will be three versions of the new tablet available.
A recent report from IT Pro Portal website has the latest from Richard Shim, who is an analyst for NPD Display Search. He says there will be a trio of successors to the popular Fire device coming from Amazon. The expected release date is August with "general availability set for September, ahead of the busy back to school period and the holidays."
So what will the prices be like? Right now the reports are saying the current version of the Kindle Fire (pictured) will drop in price, most likely to about $149. The least expensive of the newest models is expected to go for about $199. That said, one would expect that maybe the high-end model is going to sell for $249 or $299.
As far as features it's being said that the two newer models in the mid and top tiers will feature 1,200 x 800 pixel displays with cameras included. The cheapest model will not have a camera and will have slightly lower resolution. Meanwhile the most expensive of the new Kindle Fire tablets will include 4G connectivity for those on the go. As of right now, there hasn't been any official announcements made by Amazon as far as official release date, price, or specifications.
This has to be great news for consumers who held off on buying the first version of Amazon's Kindle Fire device. There had been plenty of detractors who didn't like various features, or called the device "sluggish" at times. However, it appears Amazon is taking a "digital page" out of Apple's strategy book and upgrading every few years to keep customers happy. It should be quite interesting to see how well the newest model operates compared to other devices such as the rumored mini iPad, and the Nexus 7 tablet.
Do you currently own a Kindle or the Fire tablet? Do you plan to purchase one of the new Kindle Fire 2 devices?
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