Amazon looking to bring 3 new Kindle tablets to the market in 2012 [w/ Exclusive info]

Posted on Mar 27 2012 - 7:40pm by Mike Wewerka

According to a Taiwanese news site (Cens), Amazon could be bringing three new Kindle branded tablets to the market in 2012. The report says that Amazon will be bringing “ample business opportunities” to Taiwan. These new devices don’t appear to vary greatly in size, as two are rumored to be 7-inch tablets and third will be an 8.9-inch.

Cens says that one of the 7-inch tablets will be a low-end or “entry” level tablet with a screen resolution of 1024×600. The other 7-inch device will be more of a “mid-range” device with a resolution of 1280×800. And finally, the 8.9-inch tablet will be Amazon’s “high-end” offering, with a 1920×1200 display. TechHog reported exclusively via twitter several weeks back, that we’ve been told that the new, larger 8.9-inch device will be branded as either the Kindle Blaze or Kindle Fire XL. The first name, may have some legal entanglements, which could force Amazon to pick the Fire XL.

There is no mention as to Amazon’s plans for their current Kindle Fire, but I think it’s safe to assume that it will most likely be replaced by the low-end model. The most likely scenario is that the current Kindle Fire will be replaced by the new low-end model, but will remain at $199. The mid-range device will jump to either $249-$299 and the high-end device will range from $350-$399. The reason being, is so that Amazon can market their tablets against Apple’s iPad 2 and newer iPad, by saying their [Amazon's] most expensive tablet, is still cheaper than (or the same price as) Apple’s old iPad 2.

There has also been no mention if Amazon will continue to use their modified Android 2.3 OS, or if they’ll use a version of Android 4.0 with their unique UI over it.

As to whether or not these claims are real? We don’t really know, so feel free to check out the source link for more on the story.

Thanks to Steve J. for the heads up.

Source: CENS