Earlier this week we learned that Amazon was planning to launch three new tablets this year, including a budget 6″ model and 8″ and 10″ models. One of the three tablets went through the FCC late last month, and now two more tablets have shown up.
Amazon almost never puts its own name on its FCC filings, but all the signs point to these tablets belonging to Amazon:
Amazon has embargoed all the most interesting details like the photos, but the test paperwork reveals a few details. It describes the two new devices as tablets with Wifi, Bluetooth, and microSD card slots.
Yes, Amazon is breaking with 6 years worth of tradition. Amazon dropped card slots with the second Kindle when it shipped in 2009, and stuck with that design principle through four years of Fire tablets (and the Fire Phone), but now they’re going to add a card slot to the new Fire tablets.
Of course, that is based on the assumption that these three tablets belong to Amazon, but that is a safe assumption. The alternative would be that there are two or more companies that share this particular obsession for secrecy, and that is not very likely.