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.