Amazon 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.