What is up with the first two weeks of September? Every major tech company on the planet is making some kind of huge announcement next month one right after the other. Windows Phone 8 news will hit on September 5 while Apple will be revealing the iPhone 5 on September 12. This week, Nintendo announced that they would be discussing the Wii U just one day after the iPhone 5 event. Amazon has now entered the fray with an event scheduled one day after the Windows Phone 8 event.
BGR is reporting that Amazon has started to send out press invites for an event to take place on September 6 in Santa Monica, California. The invite doesn’t actually say what the event will be about, but it’s safe to assume that the Kindle Fire 2 will be there.
So what can we expect out the Kindle Fire 2? Surprisingly, there’s not much to go off at this point in time. Amazon has been rather tight lipped about production and parts don’t mysteriously appear on Chinese forums. What we do know is that the president of Staples claims that Amazon will be releasing five or six new tablets this year under the Kindle brand.
The Kindle Fire 2 is going to take the spotlight, but those five to six tablet SKUs probably cover the entire Kindle line. We can probably expect to see new versions of the regular Kindle and the Kindle Touch among others during the press event on September 6. We also can’t forget the persistent rumors that Amazon will be releasing a 10-inch version of the Kindle Fire to directly compete with the iPad.
Amazon has seen incredible success with the Kindle Fire thus far. A Kindle Fire 2 will only stoke the flames of demand even more. People want a powerful, yet affordable, tablet in their lives and the Kindle Fire was that tablet until Google moved in with the Nexus 7. A revamped Kindle Fire 2 at the same $199 price point with a cheaper regular Kindle Fire could be just the thing to kick the Nexus 7 out of the competition.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the next few weeks on any Kindle Fire 2 related developments. Who knows, Amazon might even give out some details on the oft-rumored Kindle Phone.