Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Release Date Set for Sept. 6

The Amazon Kindle Fire 2 could be released as early as Sept. 6 as the company is hosting a press conference on that date where the new device could be unveiled.

The company normally only holds events when it is planning to launch new devices, so there is a good chance that Amazon fans might see some new Kindles when that day arrives.

The event will take place in Los Angeles, Calif. The company held an event last year in New York City where it unveiled the original Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon is expected to launch a bigger improved model of the tablet sometime this year. It is also possible that the company could unveil a new smartphone.

Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader recently stated that he received a tip that the next-gen Kindle Fire has already passed through the FCC. The documents for it were posted and belong to a new front company for Amazon called Harpers LLC.

Hoffelder also did not report on any details concerning the device aside from the fact that it might feature a larger display than its predecessor, making it 9.7 or 10 inches.

"The general screen geometry is likely going to be 4:3 (like the iPad), and not widescreen like many Android tablets. And since some of the hidden parts of the FCC paperwork will be revealed in December, this device will clearly be launched this fall," said Hoffelder.

The successor to the wildly popular tablet will be lighter and sport a better look, according to a recent report from AllThingsD.

The publication released a report earlier in the summer that stated that Amazon was working on a higher-resolution Kindle Fire that is lighter than the current version. It will also be "easier to look at" and launch in the latter part of the third quarter of this year.

The device is rumored to feature a display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, compared to the 1024 x 600 featured on the original Kindle Fire. The new resolution will change the tablets aspect ratio from 10:6 to 16:10, making developers have to rework their applications to make them compatible.