Coming Soon: Two New Kindle Fires?

Posted by · March 8, 2012 4:43 pm

Suspiciously soon after the unveiling of Apple’s “The New iPad”, the DigiTimes has let it leak that Amazon is working on a next-generation tablet—or two—of its own. According to their alleged sources, the popular rumor inciter reported that Amazon is getting ready to release both a 7-inch and a 10-inch Kindle Fire.

“Amazon plans to launch two new tablet PCs, a 7-inch model and another 10-inch model, in the second half of 2012,” the report began, “a move which could cast a shadow on the future development of e-book readers, according to industry sources.”

Unsurprisingly, the report does not indicate a launch date, only the noncommittal “second half of 2012.”

Furthermore, the report goes on to put down earlier rumors that there would be an 8.9-inch model of the Amazon tablet. This shift, the DigiTimes continues, is because of the Kindle Fire’s better-than-expected sales, which has allegedly caused Amazon to conduct a major shift in its focus—placing less emphasis on e-readers in order to focus more on tablets.

Given this considerable shift, it is hardly a shock that Amazon is reportedly slashing its e-paper product orders.

As far as production is concerned, the report goes on to say that touch panels will be made by Wintek and TPK Holdings. However, production of the 10-inch model is expected to be outsourced to Quanta Computer and the highly criticized Foxconn Electronics.

This all, of course, comes without so much as a sliver of evidence.