Report: 8.9-inch Kindle Fire to launch Q2 2012
According to a new report published on Digitimes, Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) has decided to go ahead with an 8.9-inch model of the Kindle Fire tablet to be launched by the end of the second quarter in 2012. Based on information attributed to unidentified supply chain sources, the production for the new 8.9-inch devices will commence in the first quarter of 2012.
Unlike the long track record of secrecy maintained by rival Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL), details about Amazon's new Kindle Fire were leaked ahead of its official unveiling. Factoring earlier rumors of multiple tablets with different screen sizes into consideration, the latest report of an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire appears to be very possible. In my opinion, a slightly larger Kindle Fire will also lend itself well to magazines or users who find the smaller 7-inch display a strain on their eyes.
Moreover, the ability of users to choose a Kindle Fire based on their preferred screen size is bound to put additional pressure on Apple to offer a smaller version of its own iPad tablet. The Samsung Galaxy Tab for example is available in multiple sizes--7-inch, 8.9-inch and 10.1-inch. When I asked whether users would consider a 7-inch iPad in October, TechWatch readers who commented were generally enthusiastic, citing reasons such as 7-inch being more suited for kids and for use on the subway.