A new Kindle is coming.
Amazon, the company that makes the Kindle-brand of e-readers and tablets, has announced it will introduce a "top of the line" Kindle sometime next week. Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon, revealed the news on Twitter, explaining the upcoming model will be a new, eighth-generation of Kindle products. The Kindle Voyage, which released in October 2014, leads the seventh generation of Kindle devices.
The Voyage is a 6-inch slate with an E-Ink display. We currently have no detailes about the eighth-generation Kindle, including whether it is an update to the Voyage or something altogether different, but Bezos said it is "almost ready". Amazon typically releases new products as soon as they're announced, so we can assume this new Kindle will be available to order through Amazon next week, alongside its unveiling.
Heads up readers – all-new, top of the line Kindle almost ready. 8th generation. Details next week.— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) April 4, 2016
Amazon has been making some progress in its hardware department as of late. After launching the ill-fated Fire Phone a few years ago, it faced a lot of criticism over how it is spending money as well as investing time and resources into developing its own hardware products, but the Kindle line has consistently been a good hit for the company. Also, Amazon has found more recent success and critical acclaim with Echo.
Echo is a Bluetooth-connected speaker that Amazon makes and sells. It's loaded with a personal-assistant feature called Alexa and serves as a direct portal to Amazon.com, as customers can use Echo to order new products through the site. In fact, many of Amazon's devices are designed with the Amazon.com retail experience in mind. Amazon basically uses them to funnel goods to its customers.
It's therefore no surprise to see Amazon is eager to update Kindle, as people can use the device to not only order physical goods from Amazon.com but also to buy digital things like Kindle books or Audible audiobooks. Some Kindles even serve up adverts to users.
Stay tuned to Pocket-lint's Amazon hub during the next week for breaking news from the company.