An eagle-eyed tech blogger has tracked down a mysterious “tablet PC” with a microSD card slot that Amazon may be testing under a shell company.
Yes, ladies and gents, it’s that time of the year again. The time e-commerce giant Amazon tries to breathe new life into the no-longer-very-popular Fire tablet franchise. We all remember how the original Kindle Fire, alongside the first-generation Nexus 7, started a low-cost revolution in the then fledgling space several years back, but the race to the bottom can’t go on forever.
Sooner or later, you reach a point where extreme affordability is simply not enough, and you need to offer more. How does microSD storage expansion sound? Normal for Samsung or LG slates, but surprisingly open to change and progress as far as Amazon is concerned.
Outlandish, you say? We’d have probably agreed a few months, weeks, even days ago, but now, a well-known Amazon insider by the name of Dave Zatz has reason to believe big change is upon the Fire family.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on August 21 gave its stamp of approval to a tab manufactured by a certain Jib Wresh company. Gibberish, get it? Apparently, the obviously made-up name follows an Amazon tradition of carefully covering its tracks while preparing new gadgets. Which explains why we rarely hear rumors and see visual leaks preceding Fire launches.
It’s of course entirely possible “Jib Wresh” doesn’t relate to Amazon, or it could be a legit new outfit with a hilarious signature. Also, the microSD card slot might be dropped in the final stages of pre-release development.
But don’t act shocked if you see a 2015 Fire HDX 8.9, upgraded Fire HD 7 or HD 6 in stores soon with two simple, cheap ways of saving up data. Three, if you add in cloud storage, which Amazon tried so hard to build up in the absence of microSD.