Amazon's second Kindle Fire tablet is set to launch in Q3 according to sources that have reportedly been briefed by the retail giant. It's set to match - if not exactly bury - the Google Nexus 7 tablet on specs.
Calling upon sources "familiar with Amazon's plans", AllThingsD writes that the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is set to launch in Q3, pointing towards a launch before the end of September. With the rival Google Nexus 7 already on the brink of shipping out to all and sundry, July or August launches are also perfectly plausible. Amazon is yet to confirm when the device is going to get its grand unveiling.
In-line with the features offered by the Google Nexus 7, the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 is expected to have a 7in 1,280 x 800 pixel screen and a processor more powerful than the dual-core 1GHz chip of the original Kindle Fire. The quad-core Tegra 3 model of the Asus Transformer Pad 300 and Nexus 7 is a likely contender.
This will be the first Kindle Fire tablet to be released in the UK, assuming we're not neglected once more. The first Kindle Fire launched in the US in November 2011, but never made it to the UK, and is highly unlikely to do so at this point.
Apple is also rumoured to be entering the 7in tablet world with an "iPad mini". But at this point the reports could be pure fabrication. Who's going to triumph in the 7in tablet race? Place your bets now...