There’s been a lot of chatter (not to mention crazy PR stunts) this week around Google’s unveiling of the Nexus 7, a 7-inch tablet computer which by all accounts will rival Amazon.com’s Kindle Fire. But Amazon doesn’t appear to be sitting back, with BGR reporting today that the company plans to release two new tablets in the coming months, including a new 7-inch device code-named Coyote and a 10-inch device powered by a quad-core processor.
Citing a source that has handled both devices, BGR says that “build quality” has been improved in part because of a metal casing around the new devices. The 10-inch model will come with a front-facing camera, while both devices will have a micro USB port, the report says.
Rumors have circulated for months about Amazon’s next volley in tablets, including one with a bigger screen to rival the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen. With Google preparing to start shipping the Nexus 7 in July, it will be interesting to see when the next-generation Kindle Fires arrive. (TechCrunch speculates that it will be in July as well).
And speaking of this potential rivalry, GigaOm’s Om Malik has a great piece on how Google is not only taking on Amazon in several areas, but nearly every other tech giant. Check out his piece — Google vs everyone: an epic war on many fronts — here.
Previously on GeekWire: Why Amazon needs a bigger Kindle Fire, as explained by Steve Jobs