With almost no effort, Amazon has been creating quite a buzz lately with their Kindle Fire line of tablets. We reported last yesterday that the online retailer was already prepping a counter-strike to Google’s newly announced Nexus 7, having already placed orders for 2 million successors to the Kindle Fire and then we heard that Amazon is also looking to join the smartphone race as well. Now we’re hearing that there might be three different models of the next Fire tablet, all with slightly different specs and presumably, different price tags.
According to a post over at CNET, Amazon is looking to not only match Google spec for spec, but they’re looking to out gun them as well. By offering a version of the Kindle Fire that is pretty much the same as last year’s model, with maybe a slight overhaul, that could potentially drop in price to either $149 to $179, then we’ll see a new replacement of the current Kindle Fire, with specs on par with the Nexus 7; including a 1,280×800 display, but will also include a rear camera. On top of that, Amazon is looking to make the jump to cellular models, with a 4G LTE model, that will most likely be their “top-of-the-line” model. We’re not sure if this device will be $50 more to match the 16GB Nexus 7, or if Amazon will adopt Apple’s pricing plan and mark up their cellular version by about $100-$120 more. The first two model are planned for August, while the 4G LTE model will see it’s release a month later in September.
Finally, it looks like Amazon will also be prepared for the Holiday’s too, with another Kindle tablet, this time with an 8.9-inch model that will feature a high-res 1,920×1,200 display. While it falls short of the massive 2048-by-1536 resolution found in the Retina iPad, at 8.9-inches, this Kindle should still boast a pretty decide pixel-per-inch (PPI).
As I said last night, 2012 could be the year of 7-inch tablets and August-September should be a very hot two months for the tech Industry, between the new Kindle Fires, a Galaxy Note II and the new iPhone, I can’t wait!