A new rumor suggests that Amazon may release a second-generation Kindle Fire in the summer.
The source claims that Amazon is targeting July 31 as the launch date for the Kindle Fire 2 with a price tag of $199. Other sources, like DigiTimes, most recently reported that the company was “considering launching” a successor to its Kindle Fire with a similar price tag, a 7-inch screen with a display resolution of 1280 x 800.
CNET’s source, which reported the launch date and rumored price of the Kindle Fire 2, mentioned that the upcoming Amazon tablet would have a camera and physical volume-control buttons, which were both lacking on the original Fire. It’s unclear what the device would feature internally, including the processor and storage capacity.
Additional sources say that Amazon may follow in the footsteps of Apple by releasing new devices that are part of a product upgrade map, meaning they would add features and improve design, while maintaining a similar price tag.
Amazon released the original Kindle Fire in September 2011. It’s assumed that the company will release a newer device soon to compete with the upcoming Google Nexus 7 tablet that is expected to be unveiled at the Google I/O Conference this week.