Amazon To Reportedly Unleash Two New Kindle Tablets

If sales of the Kindle Fire tablet are indeed on the slide, as some commentators say, then this week’s announcement of the Google Nexus 7 could prove to be the final nail in its little 7-inch coffin.

The new ASUS-made Nexus Android tablet is not the ‘iPad killer’ expected by some people but it’s arguably a better option than the Kindle Fire for those seeking a smaller, cheaper tablet than Apple’s big seller.

For a start, the Nexus 7 will roll out to various countries, while the Kindle Fire is still US-only, despite launching there in October 2011.

However, reports are continuing to emerge that Amazon is developing a 10-inch step-up Kindle Fire, codenamed ‘Hollywood’.

As well as the size increase, its hardware is said to be getting a much-needed boost by using the Samsung Exynos processor, the same quad-core chip used by the Galaxy S3 smartphone.

The BGR website says that Amazon is also replacing the original Kindle Fire with a new 7-inch version, dubbed ‘Coyote’. It is likely to have a dual-core processor (unlike the quad-core Nexus 7) but it will come in a new tough metal casing, like the iPad, instead of the soft plastic of the existing Kindles.

The same new casing is also purported to feature in the 10-inch ‘Hollywood’ tablet.   

BGR says that according to an unnamed source who has seen prototypes: “the 10-inch model includes a front-facing camera, and both tablets have a micro-USB port and additional jack, possibly an HDMI-out port.”

A release schedule was not mentioned. Whether either or both of these rumoured new Kindle tablets will go on sale beyond the US also remains to be seen.


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