It is almost a sure thing that Amazon’s September 6th event will include the unveiling of a new Kindle Fire (or maybe even a range of new Kindle Fire devices), and this has been reinforced by a statement issued by Amazon about the outgoing Kindle Fire. Amazon has announced that the first generation Kindle Fire was the most successful product that the company has ever launched, and quickly became the number one best-selling product across the millions of items sold on Amazon. What’s more: Amazon says that the Kindle Fire captured 22% of tablet sales in the U.S. all in just nine months.
OK, leaving the trumpet blowing and self congratulatory pats on the back to one side, Amazon did reveal one major important fact. The Kindle Fire is all sold out. Normally when a company has sold out of an item, it quickly reassures customers that more are on the way and that delivery times will only be slightly delayed. This is more so for a product which has taken 22% of the market share.
But in this case Amazon said nothing. But Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO did say this:
We have an exciting roadmap ahead—we will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.
And that “exciting roadmap” is sure to feature at least one new Kindle Fire model. All will be revealed in just a few days time!
Current rumors about the Kindle Fire 2 say it will have a better CPU (maybe even a quad core), a higher resolution display and could include GPS. Also the Kindle Fire will become available in Europe (and therefore internationally). Amazon has already launched its Appstore in the UK, Germany, France and Italy in preparation for the new Kindle Fire.
What about you? What are you hoping the Kindle Fire 2 will bring? What about the price? If you are outside the USA are you looking forward to the International version?
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