Would you like an 8.9-inch Amazon tablet?

Posted on 04. Nov, 2011 by in Tablets

Amazon Kindle Fire tablet

The 7" Amazon Kindle Fire tablet is small and portable. Image: Amazon

DigiTimes reports that Amazon is heavily considering an 8.9-inch follow-up to the 7-inch Kindle Fire. According to unnamed sources the 8.9-inch Amazon tablet will be launched in the place of a 10.1-inch sized tablet. Purportedly Amazon LCD panel suppliers Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) and LG Display (LGD) ‘have begun to prepare production capacities for 8.9-inch displays’.

The Amazon Kindle Fire will launch in about eleven days and the tablet will don a 7-inch 1024×600 IPS LCD. The size and resolution of the Kindle Fire display isn’t going to satisfy everyone, I’m sure Amazon already knows this much. However is a larger display that’s only 8.9-inches going to please the size-matters crowd?

I think if Amazon can manage to bump up the display resolution to at least 1280×800 for the 8.9-inch tablet most of the bigger is better folks will be pleased. I think the 8.9-inch screen size will allow Amazon to keep prices down as well which is going to be important given the 7-inch Kindle Fire is $199. Consumers will expect a bigger brother to be more expensive, but anything over $300 won’t win Amazon any fans.

As of now we’ve only seen a few Android tablets released with an 8.9-inch touchscreen LCD in-toe. The LG Optimus Pad or T-Mobile G-Slate (U.S. name) was first, but it was later followed by the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9. The LG Optimus Pad/G-Slate failed to gain any traction in the marketplace due to its high price tag with only a poor implementation of 3D as a unique feature over other Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets. At this time it’s still too early to tell if the Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 is doing well in the marketplace.


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3 Responses to “Would you like an 8.9-inch Amazon tablet?”

  1. Joan

    30. Nov, 1999

    I’ll wait for the 10″ or buy something else if I can’t wait.

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  2. Jay

    04. Nov, 2011

    After recently groping a Galazy tab, I feel as though 8.9″ seems to be the ideal tablet size for me. I would welcome an Amazon version.

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  3. Jan

    04. Nov, 2011

    I have a G Slate, 8.9 IS nice, but still large for carrying. In the winter it fits my overcoat inside side pocket perfectly, but summertime you just have to carry the thing.

    I may drop down to 7″ next time around.

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