November 22, 2011
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The seven-inch Amazon Kindle Fire will be getting a big brother in 2012. Amazon is said to be developing a Kindle Fire model with a much larger, 8.9-inch display.

According to a DIGITIMES report, upstream supplier sources have mentioned that users can expect the new 8.9-inch version of the Amazon Kindle Fire to launch by the end of the second quarter in 2012.

Amazon is said to have selected  the 8.9-inch display for the current Kindle Fire’s big brother to take advantage of LG’s and Samsung’s promotion of 8.9-inch panels.  Amazon reportedly wants to stay clear of the competition in the 9.7- to 10.1-inch tablets market.

Foxconn, also known as Hon Hai Precision, will begin production of the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire in the middle of Q2 2012.  Foxconn will also begin producing the 7-inch Kindle Fire in Q1 2012, alongside Quanta Computer, which has been producing Amazon’s Kindle Fire.

With larger tablets currently flooding the market with display panels of 9.7-inches to 10.1-inches, Amazon will also develop its own.

Also, the Amazon Kindle Fire will get not just one big brother but two.  Aside from the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire, Amazon is also rumored to be developing a 10.1-inch Kindle Fire.

The Kindle Ice is also a hot topic, although there is little information about this device.  Rumors say that it will also have an 8.9-inch display and expected to arrive in early 2012.

It is possible that the production of the Kindle Ice and the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire will be simultaneous, as they have the same display panel size, or, it could be that this rumored follow up for the 7-inch Kindle Fire is the Kindle Ice.

What do you think? Would you prefer a Kindle Fire with a much larger display?

Ken East
Ken is an expert on management and is currently engrossed with his newly started adventure in logistics management. But, that's only his second love. His first love, of course, and without being mushy when this is said, is Android.
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