Will the Next Kindle Cross Borders?

kindle2_1It looks like February is shaping up quite nicely. Aside from the Mobile World Congress in mid-month, Amazon is hosting a press conference on February 9th. All signs are pointing to a new Kindle device and it wouldn’t surprise me if it looks like the leaked photos that surfaced on BGR late last year.

The Times is guessing that such a device will use a new chip called Broadsheet, which comes from Epson and eInk. It appears to be the same chip as the newest Sony Reader 700, which supports touch on the display. The Broadsheet technology splits the one screen up into 16 regions that can be updated simultaneously, making for faster refreshes.

The complete integration between hardware, software and content that makes the device simple to use is still the “killer” feature. A screen that offers a better visual experience doesn’t hurt. But isn’t it time for Amazon to get a 3G radio in there that supports GSM so the Kindle can begin to conquer the rest of the world?

While there aren’t any sales numbers on the device provided by Amazon, I don’t know anyone who doesn’t think the Kindle is a success here. Yet I have to believe that people outside of the U.S. are interested in the device too. I suppose Amazon could allow for content downloads to SD memory cards in foreign countries, but that takes away from the largest strength of the device: wireless downloads.

The first Kindle is clearly a hit. Isn’t it time for other countries to enjoy it? My fingers are crossed for you if you’re reading this outside of the U.S.

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