The original Kindle Fire was a success for Amazon. Will the second one be able to stand out among all the competitors? (Photo : Amazon)
Amazon has mysteriously invited the press to a conference on September 6 in Santa Monica, Calif. The Seattle-based company will most likely unveil its next line of Kindle products, including a Kindle Fire 2. If the rumors surrounding the Kindle Fire 2 are true, then consumers will have a variety of mobile tech toys to choose from once the 2012 holiday shopping season comes around.
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Based on rumors and recent reports, Amazon will have more than one device to show off on September 6. More likely than not, the Kindle Fire 2 will be available in many different models. There should be a 7-inch version, like the original Kindle Fire, and FCC filings by a front corporation show that there could also be a bigger 10-inch model. A Staples executive even let it slip that Amazon was working on as many as five or six tablets.
These different sizes should also be purchasable with different features, such as with or without a camera, different memory sizes, and even an option for 4G support. If these are all priced differently and competitively, Amazon could be hedging its tablet by trying to lure in consumers with more customization that competitor tablets like the iPad, the rumored iPad Mini, and the Google Nexus 7.
All these Kindle Fires will only provide more options in the increasingly competitive tech market for the consumer when the holiday shopping season begins in couple months.
Apple will have plenty of new devices out, such as a next-gen iPhone, an iPad Mini, and new iPods, all running iOS 6 by the end of the year.
Microsoft will be introducing its first in-house tablet, the Surface. It will also launch Microsoft Windows 8 this fall, which will be accompanied by a series of Windows 8 phones from Nokia sometime soon after.
Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy Note 2 in a couple of days, giving it a healthy lineup going into the last quarter of the year. The Galaxy S3 smartphone has already been a runaway success, and the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet has been getting positive attention as a solid iPad alternative.
If you're looking to get into the mobile tablet and smartphone market, this fall will give you an unprecedented amount of choice among quality items, so do your homework and choose wisely.