Amazon will supposedly launch its Kindle Fire 2 tablet in this quarter to rival the Google Nexus 7 tablet.
Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will launch this quarter, thinner and lighter
The firm will follow up the original Android tablet with the Kindle Fire 2, launching late in the third quarter. It will have an improved display with a higher resolution of 1280 x 800. See also: Amazon Kindle Fire 2 to rival Google Nexus 7.
"The really interesting thing here is that the screen shape is changing slightly: From an aspect ratio of 1.71 (tall and narrow in its standard Portrait mode) to an aspect ratio of 1.60," DisplayMate president Raymond Soneira told AllThingsD.
The Kindle Fire 2 will also reportedly have a thinner and lighter design compared to the original as well as including a camera. Soneira confirmed the Kindle Fire 2 will have a pixel density of 216ppi, the same as the Nexus 7 so it too will have a 7in screen.
Last week we discovered that Amazon has placed an order for two million Kindle Fire 2 tablets with a Taiwanese manufacturer with a release date of 7 August. Amazon is also planning to launch its own smartphone.
Adding to the possible battle between Amazon and Google with their 7in tablets is a rumoured iPad Mini from Apple. The device will reportedly launch in October.