Seven-Inch Kindle Fire 2 Might Ship In Early August

Last time we talked to you about the Kindle Fire 2, we had heard that the tablet might launch on July 31. While that still might be when it’s announced, a more recent rumor suggests that the KF2 will get here a little farther out, shipping on August 7.

This date comes from Amazon’s manufacturing partners in Southeast Asia, and supposedly only concerns the seven-inch Kindle Fire 2. While it looks like larger 8.9 and 10-inch models are still possibilities, they wouldn’t become available until some later date.

With the Nexus 7 shipping this month, and the iPad Mini seeming more and more likely for early this fall, we could be looking at a close race to dominate the seven-inch tablet market as sales ramp-up towards the holiday season. That means that Amazon is going to have to be competitive when pricing the Kindle Fire 2, making a return to the first model’s $200 launch price seem likely. Even then, Amazon’s going to have quite the fight cut out it for it, going up against these heavyweights.

Source: China Times (Google Translate)
Via: phoneArena

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