We've been hearing rumors about Amazon's plans for a Kindle Fire 2 since just after the first version was launched. Now that we're coming up on the one year anniversary of its announcement, many are expecting Amazon to refresh its entire Kindle line. The fact that several models of Kindle are sold out online is only adding fuel to that fire and today The Verge has exclusive pictures of the new Kindle Amazon is unveiling next week.
The Verge has details on what will likely be Amazon's new Kindle Touch. This generation will see the button below the display omitted and the color of the device itself changed to a very dark, almost black, gray. As far as shape and form factor are concerned, things appear to have remained largely the same. However, the biggest change looks to be the addition of an integrated backlight. Also mentioned are a high resolution, higher contrast and eight weeks of battery life when the backlight is used.
Amazon's big event is scheduled for September 6 in Santa Monica, California. The Kindle Touch sold out online earlier this week, while the Kindle Fire was yesterday revealed to be sold out nationwide. The 9-month-old tablet was first introduced 48 weeks ago, and quickly became the #1 Android tablet by the end of 2011. Rumors for the new Kindle Fire include a slimmer form-factor as well as a larger display. The current Fire boasts a 7-inch screen.