Hundreds of Amazon customer service representatives, all over the world, have been confirming the existence of the Kindle Voyage 2 and that it will be released this November. This adheres to the release schedule that we were provided by an Amazon engineer back in July.
The Kindle Voyage 2 will retail at the same price point as the first generation model. It will have a Special Offers variant and a model with 3G, you could buy books outside of a wireless hotspot. November is the exact same time the new Freescale I.MX 7 1 GHZ dual core processor will be available. It is very likely that Amazon waited so long to announce this new e-reader because they had to wait for the new processors to be completed.
There is a rumor coming out of China that the Voyage 2 will have a small solar panel built into the front of the unit. This will allow you to charge the e-reader via ambient light. This might be useful because all other digital readers on the market need to be charged via USB. There are also murmurings that Amazon will augment their Page Press technology. This is due to the fact that the Seattle company were unable to secure patents in key markets. This prevented Amazon from selling the device in Canada because there were existing patents for Haptic Feedback. The lack of wide spread availability likely contributed to the the first generation Voyage’s lackluster sales.
November is also the month that Amazon is expected to announce a new basic Kindle, that will include a higher resolution screen and will be billed as “the lightest Kindle ever.” The company will also release a 5th generation Kindle Paperwhite with 8 GB of memory.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.