Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos confirmed earlier this week that Amazon will unveil a new Kindle next week. Given the company’s decision to drop the name “Kindle” from its Fire tablets, this likely means we’re going to see a new eReader, not a new tablet.
Little is known about the device at this point.
The Wall Street Journal believes Amazon will offer a special case that will allow end-users to charge the eReader when they’re away from an outlet. Given that a typical Kindle can easily go about a month between charges, it doesn’t seem like there’s going to be a huge audience of people who need such a feature.
Another option, a special case with a built-in solar charger, might be more appealing. Amazon may add an eco-friendly twist and, as we enter the summer, one can imagine it telling consumers the device won’t need a charge so long as you take it outside now and again.
Amazon named the new Kindle “Whiskey” internally, The Wall Street Journal said, without providing any additional information on improvements to the next-gen eReader.