While the silence could be a sign that Amazon is better at maintaining their security, there’s also a good chance that the lack of leaks could be a sign that we’re not going to see a new Kindle tablet(*) launch any time soon.
As you know, whenever Amazon has a new device in the pipeline, details tend to leak to the press. I have long thought this was part of Amazon’s marketing plan, but even if the leaks were unintentional they still tended to happen during the period leading up to a product launch.
In 2011 details about the Kindle Fire leaked, and in 2012 we knew much about the Kindle Fire HD and the Kindle Paperwhite before they were officially unveiled. The trend continued in 2013 with leaked details telling us virtually everything about the Kindle Fire HDX, including the prices. And of course both the Fire TV and the Fire Phone leaked in advance of their respective launches.
And how much do we know about Amazon’s next tablet? I don’t know anything, myself.
In comparison, around this time last year we knew nearly everything about the Fire HDX except the launch date, but I don’t think we know anything about the next model.
And that has me interested. This is potentially a sign that Amazon won’t be launching a tablet(*) later this year. That is a shocking and improbable idea, but it’s not impossible. As the old saying goes, “where there’s smoke there’s fire”. It is also sometimes true that if there’s no smoke there is no fire.
I could be wrong, but at this point there is is no info to prove me wrong. What do you think?
P.S. Just to be clear, I am expecting a new Kindle Paperwhite with a flexible Mobius E-ink screen, but that’s because I have my own sources from the ereader side. I’m told the screen resolution will not increase, though.
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