Amazon may be yet to announce its tablet product, the Amazon Kindle Fire, but already the rumour mill has started cranking out tit bits about its successor and a possible release date of January 2012.
A source talking to Gdgt has claimed that the second generation Kindle Tablet will be released in the new year, with today's announcement merely a stop-gap product to mop up all those early-adopting Christmas shoppers.
The first tablet is set to be a white-labelled device taken directly from a third-party manufacturer, whereas the Kindle Fire 2 "seems to be the device Amazon really believes in," according to Gdgt guru Ryan Block.
Fire in the hole
This messed up cycle is all down to a delay to the tablet, apparently; the second version of the Fire was always intended to land in early 2012, but the first version should have been out earlier this year.
Although it'll be really annoying for Fire 1 buyers if a quick upgrade comes to pass, but it won't be entirely surprising if Amazon's Kindle track record is anything to go by – new generations of the ereader have always followed hot on the heels of their predecessors.
With Amazon's tablet announcement scheduled for later on today, we'll be one step closer to figuring out what's going on: tune in at 3pm UK time for the latest news.