With Google targeting the low price point of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet with a 7-inch display form factor, Amazon is readying a new, improved second-generation version of its popular tablet for an August delivery to compete against the July launch of Google’s Nexus 7 slate. The Kindle Fire 2 is rumored to be delivered sometime in the July or August timeframe according to Chinese publication China Times.
In addition to an updated Kindle Fire 2 with the same 7-inch form factor, in the past Amazon has also been rumored to be working on tablets with larger displays. The company was speculated to be working on a 10-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire slate.
According to the latest speculations, the 7-inch Kindle Fire 2 will utilize a metal frame and will have plastic construction. It’s unclear if the display will make use of Corning’s Gorilla Glass.
Google’s quad-core Tegra 3-powered Nexus 7 tablet at the same $199 price point as well as an improved 1280 X 800-pixel display will put pressure on the first-generation Kindle Fire, which has a lower-resolution screen and a dual-core CPU at the same price point.
Amazon likely can compete with Google on price with the Kindle Fire 2 as it operates its own digital ecosystem and can gain additional revenues through sales of digital movies, TV shows, apps, music, books, and magazines. It’s been thought that Amazon sold the original Kindle Fire at a loss to gain market share. Google says that its Nexus 7 tablet will be sold at cost.
Unwired View is not reporting any specs or hardware information for the Kindle Fire 2 at this time.