According to Taiwanese tech blog Digitimes, the new Kindle Fire is coming sooner than you’d think. The rumoured new model of Amazon’s tablet is said to come with an 8.9" display, a fair sight larger than the current model’s 7" display.
The 8.9" display is key for manufacturers who are seeking to differentiate themselves from the current flood of 10" tablets. They are also set to become the second producer of the 7" Kindle Fire. Manufacturers Foxconn are set to begin producing the device in May of 2012, with the launch date expected to be June.
This will put the Kindle Fire 2 in direct competition with the expected third generation iPad, which will reportedly make its appearance around the same time. Apple have been stocking up on high-resolution 10" displays for some time now, and is expected to put these to use in the largest Retina display ever, at 2048 x 1356, giving four times the screen real estate of the iPad 2.
The new iPad is expected to be 0.7 mm thicker than the iPad 2 in order to accommodate the extra backlighting required. It’s not known whether the slate will gain the iPad 3 moniker, or whether that honour will be reserved for a later model. It’s possible that Apple will move to a tick-tock schedule as it does for the iPhone, with new releases and model upgrades coming at one year intervals, which would mean the new slate would be the iPad 2S.
We should see for sure pretty soon – Apple are expected to announce the new device as early as January, a wise move given the strong level expected of competition in the Android tablet space, including the Asus Transformer Prime, HTC Quattro and a Lenovo tablet which will all be out by early next year.
If you were planning to pick up a Transformer, Kindle Fire or iPad 2, you’ll definitely reap the rewards for waiting six months. All in all, it looks like 2012 may be the year of the super tablet – with HD displays, quad-core processors and more, these new gadgets will move into desktop-replacement levels of performance at increasing lower prices. I cannot wait.