Report: Amazon planning a bigger Fire

November 4, 2011

In the grand tradition of tech rumors, ahead of Amazon’s Kindle Fire’s big launch coming Nov. 15, Taiwanese tech site Digitimes reported Friday that the online retailer is already looking at its gadget’s next generation.

According to the report, Amazon is already working on a next-generation Kindle Fire with an 8.9-inch display, slightly larger than the 7-inch model due to launch in a couple of weeks. That would still be smaller than the iPad’s 9.7-inch screen, but could make the tablet a little bit better as a reader.

The site, which cites most of its tech speculation with unnamed sources in Asian supply chains, occasionally provides good information on what’s coming down the pipeline at big tech companies, though their timing is not always perfect.

So take this next piece with a grain or two of salt: Digitimes says that following the launch of the 8.9-inch tablet, the company may also look into 9.7-inch and 10.1-inch displays. That would be more in line with the current market, which has the most entries in the 7-inch and 10-inch categories.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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