Amazon to Release 8.9-Inch Kindle Fire

Amazon is not a new name for us. It’s been pretty active for last few months, especially since the launch of its 7-inch tablet Kindle Fire. The Asia industry website DigiTimes reports that the world’s largest online retailer is now preparing to launch relatively larger tablet device with 8.9-inch screen.

Earlier this year, Amazon was up to launch two tablet devices, i.e. 7-inch and 10.1-inch custom Android-powered tablets. However, the retailer launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire last month, forcing lots of people to believe that the larger device won’t be there until early next year. We haven’t heard any explicit news of the 10.1-inch tablet since long time.

Some unknown sources close to Amazon’s supply chain claimed that the retailer’s panel suppliers have started working for production of 8.9-inch screens:

Amazon’s current 7-inch panel suppliers Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and LG Display (LGD) reportedly have begun to prepare production capacities for 8.9-inch displays, added the sources.

It doesn’t mean that Amazon has dropped the idea of introducing larger devices. There are reports that the retailer is considering to invest heavily in tablets, so we can expect to have 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch tablets devices sometime in next year. If reports have some truth in them, then the approach followed by Amazon is pretty much similar to the Korean electronics titan Samsung, which aims to produce tablet devices between 7-inch and 10.1-inch displays.

The chances are that Amazon will offer its devices at price lower than the competitor Android tablet makers with a view to boost sales for its tablets. Amazon has another option as well to drive customers towards its devices by offering its value-added services, such as Amazon prime and other retail as well as virtual offerings at undercut rates.

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