Amazon’s Kindle lineup looks to be ready refreshed in the coming months, according to DigiTimes. Reportedly a brand new color E Ink eReader Kindle is preparing to launch as early as next month, followed by a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet sometime in the second quarter of this year.
According to the report, E Ink Holdings will be manufacturing 3 million color eReaders each month and the initial shipment to arrive in March. This new color E Ink eReader will be Amazon’s first Kindle to come with a color display.
The 10-inch Kindle Fire. The current 7-inch model has been doing very well in the market – 4 million to 5 million units were sold last quarter alone and the number continues to increase, positioning itself comfortably in the marketshare just below the iPad.
DigiTimes reports that Amazon has begun placing orders for the 10-inch Kindle Fire and official launch to follow in the coming months – targeted at some point during Q2 of this year. Unlike the 7-inch Kindle Fire that is currently being manufactured at Quanta Computer and Inventec, Foxconn is reported to have earned the original design manufacturer orders (ODM).
The 10-inch Amazon Kindle Fire will obviously be a pretty strong contender for the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. The 7-inch Kindle Fire, in many aspects due to its display size and the initial design concept, was much tougher to compare between the iPad – both are designed for different purposes and they both perform brilliantly as per their initial designs.
The 10-inch Amazon Kindle Fire will have to include a number of brilliant features for it to win the market over the Apple iPad and it would certainly be exciting to see if we would have a more comparable Amazon vs Apple in our hands in the coming months!
As always, while it does look like things are shuffling within Amazon’s warehouses, rumors are rumors until…well until we hear the official word by Amazon. Stay tuned…I think we’ll be hearing more about the Kindle tablets in the coming weeks. Cheers!