For everybody who wasn’t aware – there’s a new Kindle Fire coming. It’s probably the worst kept secret in the mobile space, next to perhaps the iPad mini. But for all that we do know about it, there’s a whole lot more that we don’t know – namely, everything having to do with the device’s actual specifications.
Well, if The Verge is to be trusted, it looks like we’ve just gotten our first look at the next generation Kindle Fire (which I’ll be calling the Kindle Fire 2, just to make everything easier) with this leaked photo. What we see here is a significantly different device than the first generation – it seems to have dropped the widely used in 7″ Android tablets 17:10 aspect ratio, instead opting for a 4:3 aspect ratio a la the iPad and the HP TouchPad – something I greatly prefer. Other big changed include some obvious UI changes, and the surprising small of a bezel around the screen for a tablet – there appears to be very little space to rest your hands, here. There also seems to be an included front-facing camera as well as a microphone bundled this time around – though no word as of yet on whether this bad boy’s carrying a back camera as well.
Other unconfirmed rumors include the inclusion of a 10″ Kindle Fire tablet, which would put the brand in head-to-head competition with the iPad for both the 10″ sector and the 7″ sector, presuming Apple releases their much rumored iPad mini.
Amazon is expected to update their line of Kindle products, including the Kindle Fire, on September 6th at an announced press conference.