Amazon Kindle Fire 2 release date, price & specs rumours

Will cost £99 and set to take on new Nexus 7 with HD screen

Whilst the Amazon Kindle Fire has been a huge success it's clearly ready for an update with the likes of both Google and Apple set to launch new tablets

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will be the second-generation of Amazon's popular tablet which blends Google's Android operating system with Amazon's own UI which lets you browse the web, watch media content and of course read books.

Since the original Amazon Kindle Fire was launched Amazon has also released two HD tablets the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch and the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9-inch both boasting higher specs and of course the all-important HD display.

Of course this now leaves the original Amazon Kindle Fire looking a little under-specced, especially now that Google has released an updated Nexus 7 with a Full-HD display with rumours that Google will be updating the Nexus 10 as well.

Then of course there's the rumour that Apple will unveil a completely updated Apple iPad Mini 2 with Retina Display which would not only compete with the Amazon Kindle Fire 2 but also with the Kindle Fire HD as well.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will launch in October

According to BGR the Kindle Fire 2 will be launched alongside an entirely new range of Amazon Kindle Fire HD tablets in the coming weeks putting the Kindle Fire 2's release date around early October maybe even mid-November.

BGR appear to be the main source of all Amazon Kindle Fire information after it was revealed that they have a source within Amazon who was able to share not only the company's entire tablet roadmap but also leaked images of their upcoming tablets.

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Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will have a HD display

The orignal Amazon Kindle Fire is available with a 1024x600 display which at the time of launch was in direct competition with the Google Nexus 7, since then however screen technology has drastically improved with smartphones like the LG G2 now able to offer a Full-HD display in only a 5.2-inch screen.

With this in mind it looks like Amazon will be updating the Kindle Fire 2 with a 1280x800 IPS display, the same screen that's currently found on the Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7-inch.

Whilst this won't be enough to put it in the running to take on the new Nexus 7 it will certainly be a welcome upgrade for a tablet that will almost certainly cost a lot less than the new Nexus 7.

BGR also claims to have the full specs list for the new Kindle Fire 2 reporting that it'll feature a 1.5Ghz dual-core Texas Instruments processor, again this is the same chipset that's powering the current Kindle Fire HD tablets.

Whilst it's no Snapdragon 800 processor it's certainly a welcome upgrade after it was reported that the Kindle Fire HD tablets were running at around twice the speed of the current-generation Kindle Fire.

Amazon Kindle Fire 2 will cost around £99

The current Amazon Kindle has seen a price cut from £129 to just £99 whilst increasing the specs and the memory size. According to sources within Amazon the pricing structure won't change at all with the new Amazon Kindle Fire 2 8GB costing £99.

These sources also report that Amazon will expand the memory options for their next-generation Kindle Fire by offering a choice of 8GB, 16GB and 32GB however it's not know what the pricing will be for the last two tablets.

This would certainly open up the options for customers who perhaps aren't that fussed by a HD screen but do want the storage to play lots of media and download plenty of apps.

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