iPad 2 Rival Alert : Amazon To Launch 8.9-inch Kindle Fire Next Year?

Amazon could release an 8.9-inch Kindle tablet next year according to a report published by Taiwan-based journalists Yenting Chen and Adam Hwang from Digitimes.

The tablet, which Digitimes calls a next generation Kindle Fire, may be launched by the second quarter of 2012 partly because both LG and Samsung Electronics are "promoting" 8.9-inch panels.

Cynics might point out that both LG and Samsung have been trying to push their 8.9-inch tablets, with the LG Optimus Pad and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9, but both have so far not had the level of success as with their smaller 7-inch or bigger 10.1-inch siblings. Digitimes also says that Amazon wants to avoid competition with bigger 10.1-inch tablets.

The tablet is likely to be produced by Foxconn Electronics, which is said to be beginning ODM production in the middle of the second quarter of 2012, that's sometime around May 2012.

What else can we expect from the next generation Kindle? Possibly Ice Cream Sandwich which would require a 1280x800 pixel screen, possibly a faster chipset, more memory, a much slimmer profile and almost certainly a higher price tag.