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Kindle Fire to get size upgrade in 2012?

Kindle Fire to get size upgrade in 2012?
Zen Terrelonge

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Devices / November 22nd 2011 at 10:37AM

8.9-inch and 10.1-inch screens rumoured to be in the pipeline.

Amazon's Kindle Fire tablet has so far caused lots of noise and the opinions are inevitably divided between negative and positive.

Some analysts say the Fire will become an Android frontrunner, some believe it will surpass the iPad, while others say the very notion is an insult to Apple.

The Kindle Fire currently uses a seven-inch touchscreen but DigiTimes says Amazon is preparing to launch an 8.9-inch device, which will be succeeded by a 10.1-inch screen afterwards.

The move to 8.9-inch screens will bring Amazon in line with rivals Samsung and LG's respective Galaxy Tab 8.9 and Optimus Pad to avoid immediate competition with other 10.1-inch devices, according to the report.

Sources have said Foxconn will be Amazon's ODM for the devices by the end of Q2 2012.

It's not the first mention of a new venture with Foxconn has been mentioned either, last week we reported the firm may begin developing Kindle smartphones for Amazon.

DigiTimes report follows Barclays bank, which last month voiced its belief that Amazon will launch a ten-inch tablet retailing at $299 in Q1.

The Kindle Fire launched earlier this month and is expected to sell five million units by the close of 2011.