Last year, Amazon launched the Kindle Fire in September. The next-generation Kindles are expected to launch a little earlier this year.
What's next for Kindle hardware?
Well, a credible source has told CNET that Amazon will unveil a second-generation Kindle Fire this summer and that it's targeting July 31st for a launch event.
While we can't confirm the date there's been plenty of chatter about new Kindles coming soon. Most recently, DigiTimes, which has been pretty spotty on the rumor front, reported that Amazon was "considering launching" a new $199 7-inch tablet with a higher resolution 1,280 by 800 pixel display "at the beginning of the third quarter."
The DigiTimes article cited the usual sources in the "upstream supply chain" and talked about how Amazon would reduce the price of the current Kindle Fire to $149. It also speculated that Amazon's long-rumored larger tablet is still on hold but that new e-ink Kindles with integrated lighting were expected to be released alongside the Kindle Fire 2 (or whatever Amazon chooses to call it).