9-inch Amazon Kindle Fire in the works?

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amazon-kindle-fire-tablet.jpgAmazon may be preparing to refresh their Kindle Fire tablet line, with a new 9-inch version of the slate and a souped-up 7-inch edition potentially landing in the middle of the year.

Pacific Crest analyst Chad Bartley has upped his initial Kindle Fire 2012 sales estimates from 12 million tablets to 14.9 miilion units due partly to the new rumours.

“We are raising our 2012 sales forecasts to 14.9 million from 12.7 million,” he stated in a message to investors.

“But we believe there is an upward bias, particularly from the new 7 and 9-inch models, which we expect to launch in mid-2012.”

A 9-inch tablet would put Amazon into direct competition with Apple and their own tablet, with an iPad 3 model expected to touch down in the Spring.

Amazon are the only company to have come remotely close to rocking Apple’s tablet domincance, shifting some 6 million Kindle Fire tablets over the holiday period.

Via: AllThingsD

Gerald Lynch

3 comments

  • Looking at all the factors of the economy, the holidays around the corner and the ever increasing demands for tablets, the Kindle may have come in at just the right time. So looking at the features above, what does the iPad have that the Kindle doesn’t? Sure, I know you apple fans can come up with a mile long list. But how important are those items when you have all the advanced media functions on the Kindle. Besides, there is always the amazon app place where you can download all types of applications.

  • Looking at all the factors of the economy, the holidays around the corner and the ever increasing demands for tablets, the Kindle may have come in at just the right time. So looking at the features above, what does the iPad have that the Kindle doesn't? Sure, I know you apple fans can come up with a mile long list. But how important are those items when you have all the advanced media functions on the Kindle. Besides, there is always the amazon app place where you can download all types of applications.

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