Amazon’s next tablet will move into the 10-inch space, according to NPD DisplaySearch analyst Richard Shim, putting it into iPad, Surface and Nexus 10 territory. The online retailer has carved out a solid tablet reputation over the past few years, first beginning with the Kindle Fire. And now it seems the company is confident enough to go beyond last year’s 8.9-inch model.
According to Shim, the 10-inch Kindle Fire will have an incredible 2,560 x 1,600 resolution screen, matching the Nexus 10’s screen and giving it a density higher than Apple’s Retina. That, plus an expected consumer friendly price, would make the potential device pretty coveted among the Amazon faithful. Shim said the tablet will start mass production during Q3.
In addition to the larger tab, Amazon will introduce follow ups to its 7-inch and 8.9-inch models, possibly with 300 PPI displays. Amazon’s tablets have been solid in their own right, though they’re an acquired taste since the Android OS is so heavily forked. Will a possible 10-inch form factor help push Amazon’s presence further in the tablet market? Smaller devices seem to be the more popular choice at the moment, but more options certainly don’t hurt.