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Brier Dudley offers a critical look at technology and business issues affecting the Northwest.

June 26, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Report: New Kindles coming July 31

The latest whispers about new Kindles from Amazon.com are coming from CNET, which is reporting that the Seattle company will launch a new, higher-resolution version of the Kindle Fire on July 31.

Also planned are new Kindles with black-and-white displays and built-in lights, to compete with Barnes & Noble’s new Nook with “GlowLight.”

That’s according to “a credible source” cited by CNET, which was unable to confirm the tidbits.

I spoke to an Amazon.com Kindle executive a few weeks ago. While he wouldn’t say anything about new hardware, he said the company has been continuously upgrading the Fire software since its launch — to the point that it’s basically a new device inside the same shell.

Still, Amazon has to freshen the hardware line eventually.

Scuttlebutt about new Kindle comes amid expectations that Google will release a Nexus-branded tablet made by Asus this week. Gizmodo reported that it will have the same screen size and base price as the Fire — 7-inches and $199.

Whether the rumors are true or not, there’s clearly a scramble to line up back-to-school options in the lower end of the tablet market, ahead of Microsoft’s debut in the upper end.

Comments | Topics: Amazon.com, amazon.com, e-readers

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