Amazon sent out press invites for a September 6th event in Santa Monica, California, likely to announce the next generation Kindle tablets and e-readers. Amazon is expected to announce an update to the $199 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet and a brand-new 10-inch model. The second generation 7-inch tablet is rumored to sport a higher resolution 1280 x 800 display, faster processor, a front facing camera for video calls, and a new metal frame, but plastic construction. The internet retail giant is also expected to introduce a new batch of eRedears as Amazon and many retailers have already suspended sales of the current models.
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- The second generation Kindle Fire tablets will compete with the iPad mini, rumored to be unveiled by Apple in September for $199 to $299, and other budget tablets currently in the market like the $199 Nexus 7.
- The new Kindle eReaders are expected to have a light up display similar to Barnes & Noble's Nook SimpleTouch with Glowlight.
It's odd timing for an event. Apple is holding its own press event less than a week later on September 12 to announce a new iPhone and possibly a smaller, 7-inch version of the iPad.- Steve Kovach, Business Insider
While we’re ready for a rebook of the Kindle Fire at this point, it is still possible that the this will be an introduction of new software or a connection to a new set of services as well.- Chris Burns, SlashGear
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