Amazon has invited members of the press to a special event to be held just outside Los Angeles on September 6, where although it remains quiet on the subject of the day, speculation is that the company will take the wrapping off a new Kindle Fire tablet.
Named as one of our top five most exciting devices still to come in 2012, the Kindle Fire 2 has been rumoured for a while, but talk intensified when Google released the Nexus 7 tablet. The Nexus 7 was a direct response the the Kindle Fire, and effectively beat it at its own game by being made available in other countries, including the UK.
Amazon’s response is important, and the new tablet is said to use a quad-core processor and may come with a choice of screen size — either a 7-inch or a 10-inch panel. If Amazon follows the same method it employs with its Kindle eReaders, expect the price to remain the same — $199 in the USA — or to drop slightly, despite the increase in specification.
If Amazon does announce the Kindle Fire 2, the question is, will it make the tablet available elsewhere in the world? The Nexus 7 has been a roaring success here, with many stores still sold out, and even without the same suite of apps as the US edition, Amazon would do well to counter it with the Fire 2.
It’s also possible that the opening of Amazon’s own Android application store here in the UK could be announced too. Earlier this year, the company called for European developers to contribute to the store, saying it would be opening in the summer, so the timeframe fits.
We’ll bring you all the news when it happens on September 6.