Possibly three new 7-inch Kindle Fire models (R) are in the works and maybe a fourth (L) that has an 8.9-inch screen.
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The Kindle Fire 2 will see the Google’s Nexus 7 tablet and then raise it, according to an analyst.
Amazon will bring out at least three new Kindle Fire models, according to Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch.
Shim gets his information from sources in the “supply chain” — a collection of companies that manufacture components and assemble products.
Here’s what Shim is seeing:
- 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.
Shim believes that a 10-inch class Kindle Fire is unlikely. At least not any time soon.
Because the supply chain is dynamic — based on orders received from brands like Amazon and Apple — the status can change from month to month. “These are supply chain indications. This is what we are seeing right now,” Shim said.
If the supply chain information is accurate, the Kindle Fire would trump the Nexus 7 by adding 4G and a higher resolution 1,920×1,200 display. [Read more]
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