There is a major rumor going around that six different Kindle Fire models will be released next week. The six models may include different screen sizes, resolutions, and who knows what else. These rumors are coming from reputable sources, but no one will truly know what is going to happen until the tablet is actually released.
If that does happen, it will most likely be a 7″ updated Kindle Fire, and a 10″ tablet to compete with the iPad. These two will possibly have 3G and wi-fi options. The current model only has wi-fi. Then a refurbished first generation Kindle Fire will be available at a discounted price until supplies run out.
So the focus will more likely be just two different kinds of tablets that have different connectivity offerings. That is similar to the set up Amazon currently has with their e-ink Kindle models.
Both 7″ and 10″ models have some heavy competition from the Nexus 7, and of course, the iPad. Amazon’s advantage will be the books and apps because there are so many of them. I’m sure they’ll also come out ahead with the price. In addition to these features, the Kindle Fire will need to include a camera and an updated display to remain competitive. It makes my head spin to think about the cutthroat competition going on out in the tablet market.
One thing I’d like to see for the 10″ Kindle Fire, if released, is a keyboard. The biggest frustration I’ve had with my iPad is the inability to do more heavy duty computing. A lot of this comes from the lack of a fully integrated keyboard. An example of one is the soon to be released Microsoft Surface tablet. It comes with a smart cover that houses the keyboard. If Amazon can pull this off plus debut at a price to beat, they can pull some potential iPad consumers towards the Kindle Fire.
So, we’ll see what happens. This holiday season’s going to be jam packed with tablet options. That’s for sure.