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Two new Kindle Fires on Amazon's front burner?

The retail giant is reportedly readying a 10-inch version of its tablet alongside a new 7-inch version.

Will Amazon unveil two new versions of its Kindle Fire?
CNET

Amazon may be cooking up two new Kindle Fire tablets -- a 10-inch version and a new 7-inch flavor.

Citing intel from one of its sources, blogging site Boy Genius Report says it confirmed the launch of Amazon's 10-inch tablet for sometime in the coming months. The 10-inch tablet would be powered by a quad-core processor.

A new 7-inch Kindle Fire is also in the works, according to BGR. A source recently revealed similar information to CNET, saying that Amazon is targeting July 31 as the launch date for the new 7-inch variety.

Claiming to have handled both tablets, BGR's source spilled the beans on some key details.

The new Kindle Fires would reportedly boast a superior build quality over that of the current model. Amazon will replace the existing tablet's plastic body with a metal casing. The back of the devices will include a "chrome-look rib" that enhances both the look and feel of the tablet.

Both tablets would reportedly be thinner than the first-generation iPad and display no buttons on the front. Both would also include a microUSB port and possibly an HDMI port. The 10-inch edition would also offer a front-facing camera.

BGR's source apparently revealed no launch date for either tablet. But earlier reports said that Amazon could announce the 10-inch tablet late next month.

The timing of these reports coincides with the launch of Google's new Nexus 7 tablet, already seen by some as a potentially strong threat to the Kindle Fire. If the new Kindles do debut this summer, we should see an interesting battle in the 7-inch Android marketplace between Google and Amazon.