Others seem possible, but more tenuous. Will Amazon talk about their upcoming phone or won’t they? And will they launch both (all?) Kindle Fire models, or are they saving something for later in the year? Join us as we break down the rumors and assess how likely they are to pan out tonight.
Amazon Press Event Rumor Roundup
1. Rumor: Amazon will release more than one tablet
Verdict: This seems very likely, but perhaps not in the way you would think; sources tell us that at the least we can expect two 7" Kindle Fire models - one of which will sport a reduced price that is supported by advertising, much as Amazon has done with their lower-cost E-Reader
2. Rumor: Amazon will announce a 10" Kindle Fire
Verdict: Unlikely. Although there have been rumors for months that Amazon is working on larger Kindle Fire models with 8" or 10" screens, the latest rumors suggest that they won't be announcing the larger format Fire until later in the year. Amazon may have rushed this event in an attempt to stave off Google's success with the Nexus 7, so the 10" Fire may simply not have been ready yet.
3. Rumor: The new Fire models will run a forked version of Android 4.0
Verdict: Very likely. The general usability of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is far better than the Gingerbread fork Amazon used previously, so rumors that Amazon has upgraded the underlying Android code seem likely to pan out. Of course laying on top of that will be Amazon's custom (and almost certainly refreshed) custom UI.
4. Rumor: Amazon will announce their upcoming phone today
Verdict: Possible. We almost certainly won't see a ready-to-ship handset, but according to recent rumors Amazon may want to announce their phone today, perhaps in an attempt to whet consumers' appetites, and maybe convince them not to snap up the new iPhone (or latest Android handsets) before Amazon's device hits the market.
5. Rumor: Amazon will launch a backlit E-reader
Verdict: Without question - Not only has the device been seen by numerous tipsters, but the new device (with backlight engaged) appeared in a TV slot last night. There's really now way we don't see this announced today, the real questions are how much will it cost, and how will it impact the pricing of the rest of their line up?