Monday, 26 March 2012

Amazon may begin production of new Kindle Fire soon

After Apple raised the curtains on their ‘new iPad,’ the next tablet that has the rumour mills working in full swing is the next Kindle Fire from Amazon. The previous Kindle Fire was quite successful. Though not an iPad-killer, it did manage to sell like hot cakes, especially during the holiday season as the company had foreseen. In fact, it was reported to have sold 1 million units each week of the holiday season, owing to its attractive price tag and feature set. The newest Kindle Fire in the making is said to have ditched the 7-inch frame to emerge in a larger form factor of about 9 to 10 inches of screen size. According to DigiTimes, Catcher Technology, a chassis maker has received orders from the company for the new Kindle Fire tablet. However, there is no word on the size of the chassis. If this news is to be believed, the production of the next Kindle Fire should begin anytime soon.

BGR had also reported that Amazon was working on a 10-inch tablet powered by Nvidia’s quad core Tegra 3 chipset. Apparently, the company has been working on it, since last year but the launch schedule was delayed. This 10-incher is also speculated to hit markets this year in the second quarter. Amazon’s earlier version of the Fire was an Android tablet, but the company knew just how to sideline Google applications for its own store. Well, you can’t blame Amazon, isn’t Google Android all about openness?

Although the reports of Amazon already placing orders of the chassis are rife, it is still unclear whether the company is opting for a larger screen size. While Catcher refused to comment, reportedly, chassis for the new Kindle are being manufactured at its plants in Taizhou, China and are estimated to have a gross margin of over 40 percent.

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