Colour Kindles incoming later this year
Rumours suggest a colour e-reader is in the works
Published: 11 May, 2012
Amazon has already enjoyed great success with its basic Kindle even in the light of some solid competition from Barnes & Noble's colour Nook and the bookseller's tablet. Now this year could see the launch of the first Kindle with a colour E-Ink display if the latest rumours to come from DigiTimes' way are true. The site's "industry sources" claim that makers in the supply chain are getting ready to start shipping related components and that the device will arrive in the latter half of 2012.
Not a lot is known about the finer details of the new Kindle at the moment but the rumour has it that it's going to feature a multi-touch capacitive display in addition to the colour E-Ink screen. The report also indicates that E Ink holdings is going to be taking the covers off its colour displays soon, which will certainly be a welcome addition to e-readers.
It all sounds well and good for Kindle fans longing for a bit more colour in their lives but it's worth pointing out that the Kindle Fire hasn't even made it out of the US yet so there's no telling if this will be another US-only deal or whether it will launch internationally. With the Kindle Fire already offering a colour screen and the advantages of a tablet the colour e-reader is probably going to be closer in price to Amazon's Kindle rather than the Kindle fire.
Rumours have also been circulating about a successor to the Kindle Fire which would be released in Spring though it's becoming as increasingly unlikely possibility. On the other hand with more evidence emerging of a mini iPad Apple might want to start think about stepping its game up as if Apple does release such a device a swift global roll out is no doubt on the cards.