Amazon is reportedly planning to launch full colour Kindle ereaders in the second half of 2012. Digi Times reports that the devices will feature multi-touch capacitive touch panels in contrast to the infrared touch panels used in some of the previous Kindle models.
The next generation of Kindles must step up to the plate in the ongoing battle with tablet devices. Amazon is reportedly expecting to sell 6m Kindles in 2012, but there have been unconfirmed reports that sales are not as high as they once were. Meanwhile, the latest Nook has been winning rave reviews and the new high-def iPad screens are likely to further erode the Kindle’s market share.
Some analysts believe that ultimately Amazon’s Kindle devices will move to become more like full tablet devices, although that would require the end of eInk. For many readers, this might not seem like such an issue, but for those who read a lot, eInk can be much more comfortable than traditional screens.