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Amazon Set To Launch 8.9-inch Kindle Fire

While the Kindle Fire hasn't even been officially launched, sources close to Amazon's supply chain say that the company is already planning its next generation tablet.

Originally, rumours pointed towards it likely being a 10.1-inch device, but Digitimes' Yenting Chen and Steve Chen report that it is set to have an 8.9-inch display, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9.

They add that Amazon's current supplier of panels, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and LG Display (LGD), have apparently started to prepare production capacities for 8.9-inch displays.

The sources also told Digitimes that Amazon may end up launching 9.7-inch or 10.1-inch models next year. Apple's iPad has a 9.7-inch screen (and an XGA resolution) while 10.1-inch Android tablets mostly tend to have a 1280x800 pixel resolution.

The current Kindle Fire will go on sale in the US on the 15th of November for $199. Barnes and Noble is set to release a similar tablet to the Kindle Fire two days later with a higher price ($249), but also twice the RAM and onboard storage, a faster processor and the ability to add more memory via a microSD card slot.

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