Report: Amazon prepping three new Kindle Fire tablets

Posted by Shane McGlaun

Amazon has done quite well with its 7-inch, $200 Kindle Fire tablet, and is reportedly prepping at least three new Fire devices for launch later this fall.

Report: Amazon prepping three new Kindle Fire tablets

Yes, the Seattle-based corporation is apparently poised to begin production later this summer, with industry analysts forecasting upgraded screen resolutions and 4G wireless compatibility (Amazon's current Kindle Fire is WiFi only). 

According to Richard Shim of NPD DisplaySearch, there will be at least three new iterations of the "Kindle Fire 2," and perhaps even a fourth as Amazon may be be readying an 8.9-inch Fire tablet with 1920 x 1200 resolution for Q4 2012.

In the meantime, says Shim, Amazon is prepping three new Kindle Fire tablets with 7-inch screens weighing in at various resolutions:  1024 x 600 (no camera), 1280 x 800 (with camera), 1280 x 800 (includes camera and 4G connectivity).

Although detailed specs haven't been officially confirmed by the retail giant, most industry watchers expect the devices to be powered by an Nvidia Tegra 3 processor or a TI OMAP chip. Screen pixel density would likely be set at 216 pixels per inch, the same as Google's Nexus 7, but still significantly lower than Apple's flagship (new) iPad.

Pricing will likely hover around the current $200 and scale up depending on specs, with one report claiming the first edition of Amazon's Kindle Fire may drop to a reduced price of $150.