Amazon to launch new Kindle in July

15 May 2012

Amazon-Kindle-FireWith the rumour that Apple are going to release a tiny iPad in October, the competition have to get their arses in gear. With that, Amazon are hoping to get a new Kindle on the shelves in July.

However, it doesn't sound much of a match for a new Apple tablet. The new e-reader will have the usual monochrome e-Ink display, which is pretty boring, but it will have the addition of a front light so you can read in the dark. That'll save you from having a light on won't it? We all know that putting a bedside lamp on is a massive problem for everyone.

This new Kindle will be a touchscreen affair and come in 3G and WiFi versions.

In other news, Amazon are also going to update the Kindle Fire tablet in Autumn, making it bigger and increasing the display to 8.9 inches. Not that the Kindle Fire is available in Britain yet. That said, we might not be missing out on much as, despite sales being initially strong, demand for the device has cooled significantly. A study by the International Data Corporation, released earlier this month, said that sales had dropped to just 750,000 in the first quarter of this year.

For now, it looks like Apple have got absolutely nothing to worry about and the mini iPad could well kill off all the competition.

TOPICS:   Technology   Gadgets

4 comments

  • James
    Kinda bummed that they seem to be skipping the Fire over here, I have one and I love it but I cannae use the app store without a US credit card. Hopefully the app store arrives with the new Kindle.
  • Marky M.
    Sales cooled to "just" a quarter of a million a month? I bet WHSmith wishes they had those kind of sales for the Kobo.
  • Sicknote
    If Amazon release the Fire over here there'd be an absolute shit storm on pricing with UK customers getting screwed over when compared to US customers. Anyway, I've played with the Fire and a cheaper Android tablet is equally capable.
  • Boris
    Don't play with fire sicknote. You can get burnt.

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