Amazon Kindle 3: What are the Rumors?
No matter what Internet search you do on the rumors behind the Kindle 3, you can bet the farm there’s a reference to a recent “Bloomberg Report." I’m not sure about this because as I searched for news on this new eReader, I found articles from March, April, October (the Bloomberg Report) and even November of 2010 - so who’s right here?
According to the Bloomberg Report, the new Kindle 3 will have 3G mobile technology and Wi-Fi at a price of about $190. Bloomberg also reported that the Kindle 3 will be “lighter and thinner than previous versions and have faster page turns and sharper resolution."
eReader Chat has a different Kindle 3 rumor: while the Kindle 3 is expected to compete with Apple’s iPad, the Kindle Touch will not be ready for the holiday season.
In addition, eReader Chat says of the Kindle 3 that “It will sport a more responsive screen with a sharper picture, and will be even thinner than the Kindle 2’s already trim 0.36 inches." Of course eReader Chat blames the Bloomberg Report for exposing the non-available Kindle Touch, they also have a post that says that “Amazon has acquired a small New York-based startup by the name of Touchco, whose specialty it seems is developing touchscreens."
eReader Chat goes on to point out in a later post that if the Kindle 3 is what will be available for the holidays and not the Kindle Touch, “why did Amazon even purchase a touchscreen company?"
Best eReaders said in April of 2010 that the new Kindle 3 will have Wi-Fi and color and 3G technology and “instead of glass-based panel, the Kindle 3 will have unbreakable, more flexible screen based on metal foil." No release date could be found on the Best eReaders' website.
Actually if you go right to the source - Amazon - the so-called new Kindle 3 is really the Kindle 2.5 that includes the Wi-Fi and 3D technology and it does indeed cost $189, but they’re not calling it the Kindle 3.
Various eReader forums are also offering comments on the Kindle 3 rumors, mostly that if and when it is released, with the touchscreen technology, it will be expensive and out of some people’s price range much like Apple’s iPad.