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Amazon may scale down next Kindle Fire to 8.9-inch display

updated 10:50 pm EDT, Thu November 3, 2011

Amazon Kindle Fire may go to 9-inch display

Amazon's follow-up Kindle Fire may use a smaller screen than originally planned. Part suppliers claimed late Thursday that Chungwa Picture Tubes and LG Display, both of whom already make Kindle Fire displays, were ramping up their production for Amazon 8.9-inch screens. The Digitimes sources didn't have a timeframe, although they left room open for an iPad-like 9.7-inch version or the 10.1-inch panel that others had rumored might come.

Earlier talk had any future Kindle Fire being the real model to beat and a possible more direct competitor to the iPad. It might carry a quad-core processor such as NVIDIA's Tegra 3.

What reason Amazon would have to change the display wouldn't be apparent other than cost, since 8.9-inch LCDs often cost slightly less. Amazon is known to be very confident in the future of its tablet, however, as it's already ordering millions more Kindle Fire units. It has so far been one of the few companies to have any measurable degree of success with tablets significantly below 10 inches.




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  1. NickDG

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Good Move

    I think 8.9 is a good size. The Samsung Tab at that size is great and feels much more portable than the 10.1" version. Plus it isn't that much smaller.

    I love my iPad and my iPad 2, but I do have a Kindle Fire pre-ordered. I think Amazon will actually compete with Apple.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    7" tablets are the most popular

    in absolute contradiction to what this article states - 7" is the size for tablets.

    The fact that most 7" tablets didn't sell well is irrelevant when you consider most 10" tablets didn't sell well either. The only tablet that sold well was the iPad.

    But, of the iPad competitors - the one's that do have respectable sales are the Kindle Fire and Nook Color - both of which are 7" tablets.

  1. facebook_Robert

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    7" tablets are the most popular

    in absolute contradiction to what this article states - 7" is the size for tablets.

    The fact that most 7" tablets didn't sell well is irrelevant when you consider most 10" tablets didn't sell well either. The only tablet that sold well was the iPad.

    But, of the iPad competitors - the one's that do have respectable sales are the Kindle Fire and Nook Color - both of which are 7" tablets.

  1. wrenchy

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    Time to


    break out the sandpaper guys...

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