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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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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.