In line with prior reports, DigiTimes claims Amazon (AMZN) will launch an 8.9-inch version of...

In line with prior reports, DigiTimes claims Amazon (AMZN) will launch an 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire in Q2 2012. Its use of an 8.9-inch display is reportedly motivated by price cuts for 8.9-inch panels from Samsung and LG Display (LPL). With iSuppli estimating the display/touchscreen assembly for the iPad 2 (AAPL) costs $127 alone, Amazon has some motivation to use a smaller display. (earlier)

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  • D_Virginia
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    Standard pattern, release a Kindle, then a little later release a bigger Kindle.


    It will be interesting to see the price point of the larger Kindle Fire, as that is a more realistic tablet competitor -- it will be even more interesting since by most reports the Kindle Fire is more of a Kindle Pro than a full Android tablet.


    We'll see. :)
    21 Nov 2011, 07:47 AM Reply Like
  • 0ZJ
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    I don't like this plan.


    A bigger Kindle Fire isn't going to address any of the current issues which are largely related to software or lack of hardware (Bluetooth, Camera, 3/4G) other than the screen which is generally touted as a high point of the device.


    The only screen-size related complaints have centered around the magazine reading experience:


    People are making the startling observation that it's hard to read an image of an 14" diagonal (8.5" x 11") page on 7" diagonal screen.


    Fact is, this kind of image-based reading experience sucks on a screen of any size whether it's a 10" tablet or a 30" desktop.


    Print content is always going to be better served when properly reformatted for digital consumption. This is what the "text-view" option does on the Kindle. It re-flows a magazine into a format similar to Kindle books.


    Unfortunately, Amazon made the decision to have all Kindle magazines default to the image-based "page view" format.
    21 Nov 2011, 10:42 AM Reply Like
  • ItsAllGreek
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    Hmmm - The decision to make an 8.9in Kindle is driven by a fire sale in screens. So much for trying to understand consumer needs and how they use tablets.


    Interesting too the rush to Q2-2012 release. Hope Digitimes has that wrong as they need to clean out the kinks in the gen 1 before rushing into a gen 2.
    21 Nov 2011, 11:16 PM Reply Like
  • D_Virginia
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    Not true, this isn't really a "gen 2" as much as it is a partner product, one that has been appreciated in the past.


    When the Kindle 1 came out, there was no large screen version.


    When the Kindle 2 came out, shortly thereafter came the Kindle DX as a large screen version.


    When the Kindle 3 came out, the Kindle DX was updated too.


    Now that the Kindle 4, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Fire are out, here comes a large screen version.
    22 Nov 2011, 08:30 AM Reply Like
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