Some More Rumors and Speculation About the Next Generation of Kindle Fire

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There’s been another round of next generation Kindle Fire rumors lately, and here’s a quick overview.

  • We’ve got some info about who will be manufacturing the Kindle Fire. “Taiwan-based chassis maker Catcher Technology has recently received orders from Amazon for a new Kindle Fire tablet PC.” [Source: DigiTimes via Toms Guide]. But then DigiTimes also says, “While still sourcing touch panels from Wintek and TPK Holdings, Amazon is expected to outsource production of the 10-inch model to Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics, the sources added.” So… Take from that what you will.
  • Amazon will release two tablets in Q2 2012, a new 10.1″ model (which goes against earlier reports of an 8.9″ version, but then there have also been reports of 10.1″ versions)  and a revamped 7″ model. [Source: DigiTimes via The Verge]

In other words, these rumors give us no information that we really care about. I don’t think anyone cares who manufactures the Kindle Fire. And I don’t think anyone knows for certain whether the big Kindle tablet will be 10.1″ or 8.9″. Such is life in the rumor mill that is consumer technology.

I think what we can say with a degree of certainty is that 1) there will be two new Kindle tablets of different sizes, and 2) we’ll see them in the second half of this year.

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