The Kindle Fire, shown here, could be updated with a snazzier metal case. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Wired
With Google’s Nexus 7 tablet set for a July release, Amazon is fast-tracking the production of its next-generation Kindle Fire. This is the message from China Times, which reports Amazon has already ordered 2 million Kindle Fire 2s from Quanta, and the tablets could arrive sometime in July or August. This information lines up with a recent report from BGR concerning a quad-core Kindle Fire arriving in July.
Both BGR and China Times point to a higher-quality metal casing replacing the plastic enclosure of the current Kindle Fire. BGR expects a 10-inch Kindle Fire while the China Times article points to three possible screen sizes: 7 inches, 8.9 inches and 10 inches. China Times reports that components for the 7-inch version began shipping in June. If this is true, it would put the Kindle Fire 2 development and release time at under a year.