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Rumor: The Kindle Fire 2 Is Coming This July

Authored by: Steven Blum — Jun 27, 2012

The Kindle Fire was the runaway smash success of the year, outselling every other Android tablet on the market and dominating 50% of the tablet market. But even priced at $199, the tablet has recently struggled to maintain the same momentum it had at launch time, which can mean only one thing: time for a sequel.

If a recent CNET report is to be believed, Amazon is planning on releasing a Kindle Fire 2 in late July. Details are still spotty, but CNET's source has confirmed the new tablet will have a camera and a volume rocker, and will stick to the low price point of the original tablet.

When the Kindle Fire 2 is introduced, Amazon will be entering a tablet market that is drastically different from the one it entered in October of last year. Google is expected to unveil their own Nexus tablet, which will likely feature a similarly low price point, in the coming days. Barnes and Noble, meanwhile, are selling their Nook tablets for $199 while Lenovo is selling their older IdeaPad A1 for $149.99. The Kindle Fire 2 will have to impress to be able to stand up to the well-priced competition.

Digitimes is speculating the new tablet will have a resolution of 1,280x800. We'd like to believe this rumor, but Digitimes has a pretty spotty record. Still, with the Nexus tablet upping the resolution for budget tablets, I'm guessing the Kindle Fire 2 will feature some kind of display upgrade.

Are you interested in buying a Kindle Fire 2? Let us know below!

Source: CNET

Steven Blum has written more than 2,000 blog posts as a founding member of AndroidPIT's English editorial team. A graduate of the University of Washington, Steven Blum also studied Journalism at George Washington University in Washington D.C. for two years. Since then, his writing has appeared in The Stranger, The Seattle P-I, Blackbook Magazine and Venture Villlage. He loves the HTC One and hopes the company behind it still exists in a few years.

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