Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet will be joined by not one, but three new tablets this year, including an 8.9-inch model to cater for the high-end market.
The other two tablets are of the same size as the current Kindle Fire; 7-inches, but will be tailored to suit the low and mid-range markets respectively. Specifications will vary from device to device, with the main upgrade between the three models appearing to be the screen.
We’re told that the entry-level 7-inch tablet will have a fairly low display resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels, while the mid-range 7-incher will get an upgrade to a crisper 1280 x 800 resolution, while on the same size screen. The top-end 8.9-inch model will have an even higher quality display with a HD-quality resolution of 1920 x 1200.
The reports of new tablets from Amazon have surfaced from several parts manufacturers in the east, who claim to have been approached by Amazon about making the devices. Taiwanese firms Quanta and Hon Hai say they have been questioned about assembling the products on behalf of Amazon – the former company designed and put together the current Kindle Fire tablet on behalf of Amazon, so we wouldn’t be surprised if Amazon chose to use them again for new models.
Hon Hai will be responsible for putting together Amazon’s forthcoming low-end 7-inch Kindle tablet, Taiwan Economic News reports. Quanta will take care of the mid-range 7-inch model and the high-end 8.9-inch tablet.
In the UK and Europe we’re still waiting to be able to buy Amazon’s first tablet. For reasons unknown, since its launch in September of 2011, the highly customised Android tablet has only been available in the U.S. Hopes are riding high that these future Kindle tablets, along with the current Kindle Fire, will make their way across the pond at some point this year.
2012 could shape up to be a great year for Kindle lovers, with rumours of a full-colour touchscreen Kindle reader also launching in the future.
Via: The Next Web