Aug. 23, 2012 at 2:42 PM ET
Amazon is holding a press event on Sept. 6, in Santa Monica, Calif., and that probably means exactly what you think it means: That a new Kindle — or two, or three — is on the way.
Analysts have suggested that several new Kindle models, including a 7-inch upgrade that people have dubbed "Kindle Fire 2," could be on the way.
Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, says that his sources claim that there would be three flavors of Kindle 2 hitting production lines this fall, as CNET's Brooke Crothers points out — one with no camera, one with a camera, and one with a camera and 4G cellular connectivity.
There could also be an 8.9-inch version of the tablet at the very end of the year, which would compete more directly with the current iPad, he added.
This speculation is based on orders placed for components, so things could certainly change. But given the timing, we suspect that we'll be seeing at least one shiny new Kindle next month.
In addition to those LCD-screen touch tablets, Amazon has been rumored to be working on a glowing-screen version of its popular e-ink Kindle. It was expected sooner, as Barnes & Noble released its own light-up Nook in July.
All that, and maybe Amazon will even reveal its own branded smartphone, too. (But ... probably not.)
But no matter what we think will happen, we'll be in Santa Monica on Sept. 6 for Amazon's announcement.
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