Reuters had an interview today from Demos Paneros, president of U.S. Retail for office chain Staples, Inc., in which he said that Amazon is providing Staples “up to five or six tablet SKUs”. A number of news sources, including our own sister blog Gadgetell, have seized on this to suggest that there are “five or six” new tablets coming from Amazon.
However, Gizmodo points out that “five or six SKUs” simply means that there will be five or six different options for the same one or two tablets. A 7” 8 GB tablet will have a different SKU than a 7” 16 GB tablet, even though they’re technically “the same” tablet. So if we assume there are going to be six SKUs, that could mean a 7” tablet and a 10” tablet in 8, 16, and 32 GB each.
Regardless, “five or six” SKUs definitely seems like too many for only one device to have. So if we could look at this as a possible confirmation of anything, it should probably be taken to assume that there will be at least two different main models of Fire. As to what those models end up being, we’ll just have to wait and see.