The Kindle Fire 2 release date may be just around the corner. According to recent reports, Amazon may unveil the follow-up to its popular 7-inch tablet on September 6 at a press conference in Los Angeles.
"The company normally only holds events when it is planning to launch new devices, so there is a good chance that Amazon fans might see some new Kindles when that day arrives," The Christian Post reports. "The event will take place in Los Angeles, Calif. The company held an event last year in New York City where it unveiled the original Kindle Fire tablet."
With the Kindle Fire 2 release date rapidly approaching, analysts and consumers are beginning to develop a clearer picture of what to expect from the new tablet's design an software capabilities.
While the original Kindle Fire featured a 7-inch screen (diagonally), the redesigned model is rumored to have increased to a 10-inch screen in order to compete directly with Apple's 9.7-inch iPad.
"Amazon is working on a new version of the Kindle Fire, with a larger display, that could compete more directly with the iPad, according to a developer briefed on Amazon's plans who did not want to be identified talking about unannounced products," the NYTimes revealed last month.
A 10-inch Kindle Fire 2 may be just one of several options unveiled by Amazon next month. According to Techradar, the internet company is planning to offer three versions of the new tablet in different sizes.
Meanwhile, Amazon's customers have been speculating over what features to expect from the Kindle Fire 2 for months. In particular, commenters have battled over whether the new tablet will offer a 4G connection.
The Kindle Fire 2's design will likely be be thinner and lighter than the original. Amazon's recent trend has been to make slimmer and sleeker devices with each redesign. New technological advances also mean it's easier to fit the same hardware into less space.
Amazon has remained tight-lipped regarding the Kindle Fire 2, refusing to reveal the devices official name or even confirm its existence. Last week, however, the company sent out a press conference invite with few details in it, kicking the Kindle Fire 2 rumor mill into high gear.
The note reveals that the event will take place on September 6, and reads, "Please join us for an Amazon Press Conference."