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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 (opens in new tab).

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.

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.