Amazon to come out with five or six new tablets?

A few weeks ago, it was rumored that Amazon had plans to release as many as four new versions of its Kindle Fire tablet device. Now the US head of the office-based retail store chain Staples claims that the number of new tablet versions coming from Amazon could be even more that previously reported.

Reuters reports that Demos Parneros, president of the US division of Staples, claims that Amazon will release five or even six new tablet SKUs. He also says one of them could be a 10-inch model. Amazon has yet to comment on Parneros's claims.

Amazon launched the seven inch Kindle Fire in the fall of 2011 but only released one model, with 8 GB worth of storage. The company has been quiet about its plans for a follow-up to the Android-based Kindle Fire. It's also been non-specific about the sales of the first tablet, claiming only that "millions" of them have been sold.

Previous rumors claim that three seven-inch versions of the next Kindle Fire tablet will be made. One reportedly has a touch screen resolution of 1024x600 display but no on board camera. The other has a higher HD resolution of 1280x800 with a camera. The third Kindle Fire 2 seven-inch also reportedly has a 1280x800 resolution screen and a camera but will also add in a "4G" wireless antenna.

Finally, Amazon is reportedly working on a larger, 8.9-inch Kindle Fire tablet with a 1920x1200 screen.

Source: Reuters

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Just got a free Kindle Fire for signing up with my cable provider at my new place. I didnt want it, I tried to get him to give me some free service instead. But it's non-negotiable. lol

This is misleading, there are 5 or 6 SKUs which is NOT the same as products. SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit, each item in a merchants system has a unique SKU, if they took a Fire and made a white, black, pink, blue, aluminum and gunmetal case for it that would be 6 SKUs right there.

shial said,
This is misleading, there are 5 or 6 SKUs which is NOT the same as products. SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit, each item in a merchants system has a unique SKU, if they took a Fire and made a white, black, pink, blue, aluminum and gunmetal case for it that would be 6 SKUs right there.

True... its misleading.. I said the same few comments above. 8Gb and 16Gb version of fire is considered 2 SKU's as well.

still1 said,

True... its misleading.. I said the same few comments above. 8Gb and 16Gb version of fire is considered 2 SKU's as well.

Must have been commenting at the same time, didn't see your reply in the comments.

My prediction is
3-4 models will be the ePaper models. which will be using color epaper to replace the current gray epaper
2-3 models will replace the kindle fire models. 1 model 7 inch, 1 model 10 inch. and maybe another ones is WiFi only.

I hope amazon really putting the best effort to beat Nexus 7. and also reading the comments and critics at the products review. with that they can get more buyer

shial said,
This is misleading, there are 5 or 6 SKUs which is NOT the same as products. SKU is a Stock Keeping Unit, each item in a merchants system has a unique SKU, if they took a Fire and made a white, black, pink, blue, aluminum and gunmetal case for it that would be 6 SKUs right there.

Buying Kindle fire is like downgrading your tablet.. nexus 7 can do what kindle fire can do and extra. Fire is locked with Amazon. with Nexus 7 you get both amazon's and Google's ecosystem.
Waiting for nexus 10 myself.

still1 said,
Buying Kindle fire is like downgrading your tablet.. nexus 7 can do what kindle fire can do and extra. Fire is locked with Amazon. with Nexus 7 you get both amazon's and Google's ecosystem.
Waiting for nexus 10 myself.

You realize you're comparing a newly released product to a first run product of last year? Hows about we wait and see what pops out of Amazon this year?

On a side note, do you get the full Amazon ecosystem on other tablets? I've only seen a limited offering while off the Fire.

MrHumpty said,

You realize you're comparing a newly released product to a first run product of last year? Hows about we wait and see what pops out of Amazon this year?

On a side note, do you get the full Amazon ecosystem on other tablets? I've only seen a limited offering while off the Fire.


Nope, I am comparing Nexus 7 with future fire devices and the argument still holds true.

what are the limited offering you talk about?? The only limitation is ebook sharing in fire which not a lot of people use..
other than that you get pretty much everything in Nexus 7.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Five or six? Why not just 2 or 3 really solid models?
Having too many will make people indecisive and probably hurt overall sales.

its 5 or 6 SKU's. so 8Gb and 16Gb 7 inch kindle fire is two SKU's. so device should be fewer

drazgoosh said,
Will any of these be available in the UK? * sceptical face*

I do feel for people outside of the US. It must suck waiting so long for some of these things. Although, I don't know what we don't get from other countries content providers.