Larger 8.9-inch Kindle Fire Tablet Set for Second Quarter 2012
Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet was recently released in a flurry of publicity and caused quite a stir, although it’s not really the once-forecasted Apple iPad killer. At such a reasonable price though ($199), it’s likely to be a huge hit with many people wanting a tablet gift for the holidays. Now we have news that the next Kindle Fire tablet, this time with a larger screen, is headed for a release in Q2, 2012.
The current 7-inch model is perfectly adequate for many and there had previously been rumors of the next Amazon tablet having a 10.1-inch display. However Amazon has chosen the middle ground and it now seems that an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire will be the next to release. It’s thought that opting for an 8.9-inch tablet form may dodge some of the competition from existing 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch displays.
The news comes from Taiwanese newspaper DigiTimes, brought to our attention by Josh Ong over on Apple Insider. Sources in the supply chain have indicated to DigiTimes that Amazon was also swayed by LG and Samsung’s promotion of 8.9-inch display panels. It’s also stated that Foxconn is to begin production of this larger Kindle Fire tablet in the second quarter of 2012 and has been named the Original Design Manufacturer (ODM). As well as this it seems that Foxconn will also be added as a manufacturer for the current Kindle Fire in the first quarter of the year.
The 7-inch Kindle Fire, although not quite the tablet that many had hoped for, nevertheless looks to be a big seller. A report on eWeek tells how Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has raised his forecasted sales for the device from 2.5 million to 4 million units for the holiday quarter. There have also been recent reports that as well as the entry into the tablet market Amazon now has plans to take on Apple by developing its own Kindle smartphone alongside Foxconn. That sounds pretty intriguing and we’ll certainly be keeping our eyes and ears peeled for further news on that.
We’d like to hear your views on the plans for a larger Kindle Fire to launch at the end of the second quarter? If you have the current 7-inch version, are you convinced by Amazon’s Kindle Fire? Let us know with your comments.
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