Rumor mills are turning for the Amazon Kindle Fire, as news about an upcoming new model of the bestselling Android tablet could arrive next month.
According to gossip, the slate will build upon the original Kindle Fire that launched during fall of last year. It reportedly will have high-end specs to match the recently unveiled Google Nexus 7, which outright trumps the first Kindle Fire and makes it look old.
A Second Rumor
While that rumor is currently in full circle, BGR now reports that the online retailer intends to release a 10-inch “Hollywood” tablet as well. The second rumor revolves around the release of Amazon’s first 10-inch color tablet before the year-end. To top it all, this slate will likely be the true iPad killer – critics are not convinced with the Google Nexus 7, even with its Nvidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.
Two Kindle Fires
Based on BGR’s unnamed sources, the 7-inch and 10-inch Kindle Fire tablets will have better bodies compared to the first Fire, which got mocked by several critics only to eat up the enthusiasm before it went up for sale. The naysayers thought it had a cheap appearance and inferior display resolution. The rumor adds that the new tablets will come with metal backs instead of the plastic one on the original model.
The report says that the larger model will receive a front-facing camera, but both will carry microUSB and HDMI ports.
If we take the BGR sources with a grain of salt, it may as well be safe to say that Amazon also might ponder on adding a front-facing camera to its next-generation 7-inch Kindle Fire. Google’s Nexus 7 tablet features a 1.2-megapixel camera and costs only $199 – the same price the original Kindle Fire had during its launch.
In all fairness, the new Kindle Fire rumors sound more believable and credible than last year. In 2011, DigiTimes reported that the next-generation Kindle Fire would have a screen size of 8.9 inches.