A new rumor is claiming that Amazon will release a new tablet next year, now with a larger screen size.
From Kindle, yet another Fire will be born?
Amazon’s current strategy is to sell as many devices now to get more customers with credit cards. To compete against Apple’s more popular but closed iOS ecosystem, Amazon is using Google’s most popular operating system based on US market share, the Android.
Amazon officially entered the consumer electronics arena this month with the company’s Kindle Fire, the Android based device with 7-inch full color touchscreen, and also with dual-core system on a chip and 512MB of RAM. Amazon is using the “Kindle” branding but the product’s feature clearly indicate that it is a tablet PC and not just a glorified e-Reader.
Analysts say the Kindle Fire strategy may work largely due to Amazon’s robust ecosystem, offering mobile applications, e-books, digital songs, etc.
Well, it looks like Amazon wants more devices that will run their own digital stores while on top a popular mobile platform.
According to a DigiTimes article posted on Monday, the online retail store is reportedly set to produce a new tablet sporting a larger screen size of 8.9 inches (diagonal), similar to the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, and obviously smaller than the Apple iPad 2 with 9.7-inch screen. Apple’s manufacturing partner Foxconn is reportedly scheduled to produce the new tablet “in the middle of the second quarter of 2012,” indirectly suggesting that the new Kindle Fire breed will hit the US market by next year’s Thanksgiving. Take this latest piece of rumor with a grain of salt.
However, if the new rumor is to be believed, then it is highly possible that it will sport a slightly more expensive tag price due to the device’s larger screen. The current Kindle Fire is priced at $199 which is way cheaper than other high-end dual-core Android devices. Before the Kindle Fire’s launch last September, Android devices are priced at around $429 to $499 (the cheapest model with at least 16GB of storage), but manufacturers and retailers have decided to reduce the products’ prices due to Kindle Fire. Some of the best examples are Research in Motion’s PlayBook and HTC’s Flyer.
Can the new Kindle Fire 8.9, if it will exist next year, compete against Android Ice Cream Sandwich tablets? Or the iPad 3?
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