Coming Soon: Amazon Kindle Fire 2…Already?

Posted by · October 22, 2011 12:07 am

Before there was one, there were two. Rumor has it that even though Amazon is yet to begin shipping the much-anticipated Kindle Fire, the company already has China-headquartered Foxconn Electronics working on the second generation. According to the website Cult of Android, the Kindle Fire 2 is set to begin shipping in the first half of 2012.

In a DigiTimes article, it’s been reported that Foxconn “has secured orders from Amazon for assembling second-generation Kindle Fire tablet PCs.” Foxconn, however, declined to comment.

Also worth taking note of is the fact that Foxconn is also the manufacturer of the Apple iPad 2 and the Sony Tablet S. According to DigiTimes’ sources, it is estimated that nearly 80% of all future table PC shipments will come from Foxconn.

“Although we know very little about Amazon’s second tablet at this point,” writes Cult of Android contributor Killian Bell, “it is expected to be a huge improvement over its predecessor.” She continues with talk of “rumors” that suggest the Kindle Fire 2 will have a larger screen, faster process, cameras, as well as 3G connectivity.

She concludes by asking readers if they are excited about the second-generation Kindle Fire, which I personally find odd because the first one is yet to hit the market. Kind of difficult to even know what the general population might want in Amazon’s second attempt at the Kindle Fire if it hasn’t even had the time to try out the first one isn’t it?

I also find it odd that Bell took to labeling the first Kindle Fire a “predecessor” when it is yet to have its time in the limelight.

Because this rumor comes at such an interesting time, it makes me wonder—assuming the rumor has some validity in the first place—why not wait a little longer before taking the risk of having consumer hype shift from one yet-to-be-released product to one that’s even further down the road?

Granted I’m no CEO, but that just seems a little premature.