Amazon when it was really successful in selling million of Kindle Fire units in tablet market, which gave boost to Android’s market share to compete fiercely with iPad’s market share. Even though the sales of Kindle Fire in the first quarter of this year (700.000 units) is far from impressive compared to the last quarter of 2011 last year (which saw 5 million units sold), many people still expect some more to come from Amazon, of course to help Android blow iOS out of the water.
With the competition is now becoming much fiercer also from Android counterparts, Samsung GALAXY Tab 2 (that has been doing very well in Q1 of 2012) and also the Google Tegra 3 quad-core Nexus 7 tablet, then it’s obvious that Amazon cannot count on its
Kindle Fire anymore if Amazon wants to survive in tablet market. Well, that’s because the hardware and software of Kindle Fire will definitely be bullied by Galaxy Tab 2 or Nexus 7 for sure.
Yeah, the news just arrived that Amazon would not only plan to launch the 7-inch variant of Kindle Fire 2 in upcoming months, but Amazon would also be ready to rolled out 3 or possibly 4 new Kindle Fire 2 units this year.
According to analyst, Richard Shim via NPD Display Search, that has an access to Amazon’s supply chain, he told that 3 or 4 new Kindle Fire 2 units were being prepared by Amazon to release this year.
Shim also revealed that for the production of this tablet in August next month, Amazon would be making the 7-inch model, with the resolution of 1024x600 pixels and it would not be equipped with camera.
Meanwhile, for the next August production of Kindle Fire 2, Amazon will also be producing the 7-inch variant with more improved screen resolution to 1280x800 pixels and the support for camera.
And then, for the September production, Amazon will still be making the same 7-inch model, but it will have 4G connection.
And finally, the last production chain in the 4th quarter, Amazon will likely go to much bigger screen size, possibly the 8.9-inch version of Kindle Fire 2 (instead of the 10-inch model that has been rumored by multiple reports earlier), and it will have 1920x1280 pixel screen resolution. Not to mention, Shim also said that all of these Kindle Fire 2 units would ship with either Tegra 3 quad-core NVIDIA processor or TI OMAP processor.
Meanwhile, for Google, the 4G connectivity of Kindle Fire 2 will definitely be a good input to consider because rumor also has it that Google will plan to launch the 10-inch of Nexus 7, no, I mean, Nexus 10. Well, if the Nexus 10 tablet still counts on WiFi connection only (just like on Nexus 7), then people will likely go for the 4G-enabled Kindle Fire 2 model, especially when knowing that Kindle Fire 2 will also be equipped with the Tegra 3 quad-core chip, just like in the Google Nexus 7.