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Rumor: Amazon to launch 10.1-inch Fire, delay 8.9-inch plans

updated 04:29 pm EDT, Fri May 18, 2012

Amazon to take aim with Kindle Fire against Apple iPad

Amazon may delay the rumored 8.9-inch Kindle Fire and launch a 10.1-inch model instead. According to DigiTimes, sources speculate that the larger screen will help compete with the iPad, whereas the 8.9-inch variant was said to be designed to go against the Samsung Galaxy Note.

Other sources yesterday spoke of releasing a front-lit version of the Kindle e-reader in July, and a larger Kindle Fire, but did not mention any expected release period for the latter. The same sources downplayed the possibility of a color Kindle e-reader due to the technology needing further improvement.

The Kindle Fire, released last year, became the most popular Android-based tablet until sales dropped after the holiday season. Despite the high sales, the device lagged far behind iPad sales numbers.

by MacNN Staff



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