Amazon may have already started placing orders for parts for its next-generation Kindle Fire. According to Digitimes, Taiwan-based chassis maker Catcher Technology has recently received parts orders from the online retail giant. The leak comes from upstream sources, although when approached about the potential deal Catcher declined to offer any comment about its partners.
Amazon may have reshuffled its Kindle Fire sequel plans again to drop an 8.9-inch model. A rumor Wednesday night spread to Digitimes had Amazon instead planning a straightforward seven-inch sequel to the current model as well as the alluded-to 10-inch version. Success with the tablet was leading Amazon to drift from e-readers to tablets, prompting the larger model, the sources claimed.
Last summer, I was one of the first to write in detail about Amazon's Kindle Fire, expected in the fall of 2011. My sources on this were impeccable and early on I got a good idea of what Amazon had up its sleeves. However, during my discussion with my sources on this, one interesting tidbit came up that I have not written about until now.
Amazon’s highly successful $200 tablet, the Kindle Fire, is set to get a successor sometime this summer. We don’t know much about it, and some are speculating that it’ll have a 10 inch screen, but one thing we can now confirm is that it’ll be made by Foxconn. This is important for two key reasons. First, it isn’t a coincidence that the Kindle Fire looks like a BlackBerry Playbook.
As previously reported, Amazon seemingly rushed its Kindle Fire to the market using Quanta's off-the-shelf BlackBerry PlayBook design. The idea was to get the tablet on the market in time for the holiday season, a bet which obviously paid off, as the company sold around six million units in the span of just over two months.
Persistent gossip suggests that Amazon will launch two Kindle Fire models this year: a new 7-inch model and a larger 9-inch device, the latter presumably designed to compete head-to-head with Apple's iPad, which has a 9.7-inch display.
By the middle of this year, Amazon is expected to release a larger, 9-inch version of the original Kindle Fire tablet, as well as a refreshed 7-inch model, according to one analyst's forecast. - The introduction of the two tablets is expected to raise Amazon’s 2012 Kindle Fire sales from 12 million units to an estimated 14.9 million units.
You've got to love the internet rumour mill: when a big-name device ships without any of the features the rumour-mongers predicted, the response is always the same: "Yeah, but we meant the next version!"