Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has just confirmed that a new Kindle e-Reader will be released next week. The Tweet makes reference to a high-end device, which basically means it will be the companies new flagship e-reader and I think it will be the Kindle Voyage 2.
The Amazon Kindle Voyage 2 was supposed to be released last year, but there was minor setbacks regarding new processor and e-paper technology. Freescale experienced manufacturing delays with their new dualcore IMX.7 processor. It was supposed to enter mass production in November, but I was told by an executive at Freescale that “due to unforeseeable circumstances, we will now start the manufacturing process Q1/Q2 2016“.
E Ink also has new e-paper technology that will be formally unveiled sometime in the next five weeks. The company has developed a new screen that is flexible, high resolution and can be cut for six inch screens and can go as big as 13.3.
I think its interesting that Jeff Bezos teased a new Kindle on Twitter. Normally Amazon is very secretive on new devices and never announces things in advance.
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.