Amazon May Release New Kindle Fire as Soon as July
June 26, 2012 5:00 PM
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The new Fire will have a camera and physical volume buttons
Amazon may be launching the
successor to its Kindle Fire tablet
as early as July, and it's expected to offer some new features that customers have been asking for.
, the new Kindle Fire will have two main features that many original Fire owners wished they had: physical volume buttons and a camera. The original Kindle Fire didn't have a camera and possessed on-screen volume controls only.
However, these seem to be the only two features that are certain about the upcoming tablet. Other options that are still up in the air include Bluetooth capabilities, the type of processor used, and the amount of memory. The original Kindle Fire does not have Bluetooth, and it has a Texas Instruments OMAP 4430 processor (a dual-core ARM A9 part clocked at 1 GHz) and 8 GB of built-in memory with no expansion.
Screen size and price also remain a mystery, but
gave a possible launch date of July 31, 2012.
Earlier this month,
reported that Amazon might launch two new Kindle Fire models this year, including a new 7-inch tablet for $199 that would be released during the third quarter of the fiscal year and a 10-inch tablet that would launch during the fourth quarter of 2012 or the first quarter of 2013. The new tablets were also rumored to have a 1280x800 screen resolution, which would be an upgrade from the current Fire's 1024x600 resolution.
also mentioned that the original Kindle Fire's price would be cut from $199 to $150 after the release of the new 7-inch tablet. However, all of
predictions are just rumors for now.
The first Kindle Fire was released during the holiday season last November, and
Amazon managed to move 4.7 million units
total in Q4 2011. This was nearly one-third of the volume of Apple, which shipped 15.4 million tablets in Q4 2011. This was a huge accomplishment, considering Apple has been king of the tablets since the iPad's initial release in 2010.
Amazon isn't the only tech giant with tablet fever, though. ASUS is expected to announce a 7-inch Nexus Tablet, which will be the first to feature Google's Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile operating system. The other specs include a 1.3 GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GeForce 12-core graphics processor, 1 GB of RAM and a resolution of 1280x800. The 8 GB model will launch for $199, putting it in the same category as Amazon's Kindle Fire.
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RE: What owners?
6/27/2012 12:50:12 AM
yeah, volume does suck on mine too.
RE: What owners?
6/27/2012 12:55:49 AM
Maybe it's a software/EQ problem. When I listen to music, because music is usually mixed with the levels jacked across the board, the speakers are quite loud. When I watch Netflix or other media, the speakers are just not putting out enough volume.
RE: What owners?
6/26/2012 10:00:46 PM
Anytime you are watching anything in landscape orientation you are likely covering up one or both of the speakers. The placement of things (or lack thereof) wasn't that well thought out.
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