Kindle Fire 2 nears launch as older models go missing
Is Amazon gearing up to launch a Kindle Fire 2 and a whole new range of black and white e-reader Kindles to go with it? It’s looking likely: over the weekend several models of the hit gadget mysteriously vanished from the retailer’s American site, pointing to a new line up hitting virtual shelves very shortly indeed. Can the Kindle Fire 2 take on the Google Nexus 7?
As the keen watchers at The Verge spotted, over on Amazon US, two Kindle models went missing over the weekend – though they remain on sale in the UK. The Wi-Fi only Kindle Keyboard model vanished completely without explanation, while the 3G version is now listed as “Currently unavailable” with no promise of any more stock soon. Meanwhile, the popular Wi-Fi only Kindle Touch is on a 3-5 day turnaround, an unusual delay for Amazon.
Now, it’s possible that these Kindle shortages are simply the result of manufacturing hiccups or a mistake in IT, but given the time of year – Back To School – we’re inclined to think that Amazon is winding down these lines in preparation for a new Kindle range, headed by a Kindle Fire 2.
For one thing, Amazon has a track record of launching new Kindles at this time of year. For another, rumour has been building for months now that the Kindle Fire 2, successor to the company’s hit Android-based tablet, is in the works – the warm reception received by the similar Google Nexus 7 from Asus would be an added pressure to get the sequel out of the door.
What we’re keen to know here in the UK is if the Kindle Fire 2 will be released internationally: the first model is only available in North America. It’s time the iPad got a decent rival here in Britain too.
What would you like to see in a Kindle Fire 2? Let’s hear your thoughts in the comments.