Amazon’s debut tablet hasn’t even begun to hit its early adopters yet, and already reports have turned to its successor, the Amazon Kindle Fire 2. Early rumors claimed that the second-generation slate would sport a 10.1-inch display, in order to better compete with the likes of the iPad and Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1. But the latest whisper says that the device will instead feature an 8.9-inch panel.
According to suppliers speaking to DigiTimes, Amazon has changed its mind on a larger tablet and opted instead for a smaller device:
Amazon is likely to change its product roadmap by shifting the display size of its next-generation Kindle Fire to 8.9-inch instead of 10.1-inch as originally planned, according to sources in Amazon’s supply chain.
The company’s existing panel suppliers, Chunghwa Picture Tubes and LG Display, which produce the Kindle Fire’s 7-inch display, have reportedly begun production of the 8.9-inch displays already.
It is believed, however, that Amazon hasn’t written off its 10-inch tablet completely. According to the sources, Amazon could follow up the 8.9-inch device with both a 9.7-inch and a 10.1-inch device in 2012. A range of tablet sizes could make Amazon the only company able to compete with Samsung’s impressive tablet lineup. No other company currently offers its tablets in so many sizes.
Will you be disappointed if Amazon doesn’t produce a 10.1-inch slate, or do you think an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire would be better?