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Amazon’s 10-inch Kindle Fire Could Still Ship Before Christmas

Amazon Kindle Fire Recap

I’m sure you’re already aware of this, but Amazon announced its first tablet — a 7-inch device called the Kindle Fire — at a press event in New York on Wednesday. However, for many months now, rumors have claimed the company has been working on two tablets, one of which is a larger 10-inch device that is reportedly the real iPad competitor.

Although it was claimed that we wouldn’t see the second device until at least 2012, sources for DigiTimes say that production has been brought forward in order to get the device out in time for the holidays.

The larger slate will reportedly be produced by Foxconn — the same company that assembles the iPad — and production is due to start soon:

Amazon is expected to outsource the production of 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), and shipments of the 10.1-inch tablets are likely to begin before year-end 2011 for holiday-season demand, according to industry sources. Foxconn declined to comment on market reports.

Foxconn was apparently given the opportunity to produce the 7-inch device as well, but because it was so busy with Apple’s device, production had to be passed on the Quanta Computer, which builds RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook.

With its 7-inch Kindle Fire not shipping until November 15, Amazon may not have a lot of time to unveil its larger 10-inch device before Christmas. A launch before the end of this year, then, despite what sources are claiming, seems a little unrealistic to me.

Do you think we’ll see a second tablet from Amazon before the holidays?

[via SlashGear]

Killian Bell

Killian Bell is a 20-something technology journalist based in a tiny town in England. He has an obsession with that little company in Cupertino...