While we’re all waiting with bated breath for the full details of Amazon’s Kindle tablet tomorrow morning, the company may also be readying its successor tablet for the first quarter of 2012, reports GDGT.
That means early adopters of Amazon’s tablet (now rumored to be called the Kindle Fire) could quickly find their slates obsolete. Worst of all, GDGT’s Ryan Block says this second tablet is the one Amazon really believes in — it was reported yesterday that the first-generation Kindle tablet is basically a reworked BlackBerry PlayBook that Amazon rushed out the door.
While this may sound downright baffling, Block says that Amazon had always intended to release an updated tablet early next year, but delays with its first tablet has pushed the release of both models close together. In fact, plenty of rumors over the past few months pointed to Amazon releasing a souped-up 10-inch tablet next year that would be a true iPad competitor.
In May, the mobile site Boy Genius Report claimed that Amazon was developing a dual-core 7-inch tablet codenamed “Coyote” and a powerful 10-inch quad-core tablet called “Hollywood.” That 7-inch tablet is what we’re expecting to see unveiled tomorrow for around $250.
If the newer Kindle tablet Block is referring to is actually Amazon’s rumored 10-inch entry, it may not be a true successor. It will likely be closer to the iPad’s $499 price, rather than the more affordable 7-incher. If that’s the case, I don’t think most consumers will feel cheated by a second Kindle tablet coming so soon.