Amazon Kindle Fire 2 Release Date Set for the Fall?

The successor to the Amazon Kindle Fire could be launching in the fall of this year, according to recent reports.

Nate Hoffelder of The Digital Reader recently stated that he received a tip that the device just passed through the FCC yesterday. 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.

The company is also reportedly working on reducing the weight of the tablet by making it thinner. Recent rumors have stated that Amazon might be eliminating the plastic casing and replacing it with metal.