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Amazon To Launch 10.1-inch Kindle Fire Before Holidays?

The 10.1-inch version of the Kindle Fire - which is currently only available as a 7-inch tablet - could be launched before the end of the year, according to Taiwanese news website Digitimes.

The outlet mentions (opens in new tab) anonymous sources in a report who have suggested that Amazon may have appointed ODM Foxconn - the same company that produces the iPad 2 for Apple - to produce the device rather than the current recipient of its orders Quanta.

Digitimes says that the tablet may start to ship before the end of the year to meet holiday demand according to the same source.

The current Kindle Fire comes with the same specifications as the RIM Blackberry Playbook tablet except for the lack of cameras, the reduced amount of RAM and onboard storage, and a couple of other missing features.

Rumours had surfaced earlier this month about the probability that Amazon would launch a 10.1-inch tablet in the first quarter of next year, rather than in 2011.

A bigger slate will probaly be of a different design with a much higher screen resolution and therefore command a bigger price tag, although we're still convinced that it will cost around half the price of Apple's iPad 2.

Désiré Athow
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Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.