11:28 am August 30, 2012, by Christopher Seward
(Updated 1:50 p.m.)
Verge.com just posted what it says is a photo of the next Android-based Kindle Fire.
“We’re being told that a ‘pair’ of Fires is likely — a 7- and a 10-incher — though it remains unclear whether both models will be introduced at the same time,” the website said. Verge also said it can’t tell whether the new tablet comes with a camera.
Amazon.com says it has sold out of its $199 Kindle Fire and it has no more of the tablets to sell. The company is widely expected to unveil a successor next week.
While not providing specifics, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos said in a statement: “We will continue to offer our customers the best hardware, the best prices, the best customer service, the best cross-platform interoperability, and the best content ecosystem.” Wow.
Amazon said the Kindle Fire, launched last fall, represented 22 percent of U.S. tablet sales and is the second-most popular tablet after Apple’s iPad, which starts at $399.
According to Computerworld.com, Staples recently put the Kindle Fire on sale for $179, which it said may indicate that resellers were clearing out remaining inventory to make way for a new Amazon tablet. Amazon is expected to unveil a successor on Sept. 8.
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