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Rumors are abound of an 8.9” and even a 10” Kindle Fire coming in the near future. Digitimes is reporting that an 8.9” Kindle Fire may ship in 2Q 2012 while a 10” is being rumored by PCMagazine’s website.

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The Kindle Fire is surely a successful tablet, but is there a market for an 8.9” or 10” version of the same tablet?  My prediction is yes with conditions.

People will expect more from an 8.9” and even more from a 10” tablet, so the Kindle Fire would need to include a more robust and featured Android OS version.  A modified version of Ice Cream Sandwich could be the ticket.

I also think that a camera is a necessity as well as Bluetooth, because with a larger screen you want the option to use a Bluetooth keyboard to type messages and possibly your notes on the device.

The processing power would have to be better to handle video/camera functions as well which means Amazon couldn’t offer these increased screen size models at a loss and if they were looking at say $299 for the 8.9” and $399 for the 10” which would be reasonable they would have to make sure that for that price range users were getting better features than other tablets at the same price.

More local Storage would be needed for sure, 8GB just isn’t going to cut it on a larger tablet where the games written for the display will need more space as well as video’s since the resolution will be higher.  I can see the 8.9” getting away with 16GB local but the 10” would need to have 16GB minimum and optionally 32GB or higher.

imageWould Amazon be able to make 3G or 4G versions of the Kindle Fire even one that uses it’s own free 3G network that the Kindle Touch 3G uses?  I could see them getting $349 for the 8.9” tablet if it came with free 3G service which saves a user all the cost of a cell phone network plan for their tablet.

Bottom Line is that people will expect far more features from a larger Kindle Fire and people will want them if they are going to pay a higher premium.  There are still far too few apps in the Amazon Android app store for the Kindle Fire to give it a run up against the iTunes app store.  If they want the 8.9” and 10” Kindle Fires to really succeed they will have to entice application developers to start putting big name apps apps in the Amazon Android app store and support the next gen Kindle Fire’s.

Also, Amazon is still pretty much handicapping it’s audience by limiting the Kindle Fire and the Amazon Android App store to U.S. only, they should expand and offer it to International Amazon stores.

What about my readers, do you think that Amazon will be able to come up with a viable competitor to the Samsung 8.9” tablet or the iPad/Asus EEE Transformer?  Or is Amazon going to realize that their niche with 7” tablet was their strongest market?

-Dragon Blogger


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Justin Germino
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  • bhecca73

    I always wanted to get this kindle ..hope this is now available in our place.

    great review!

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  • http://maddencorner.com/ maddencorner

    This looks interesting. After searching around I believe I’m going to get the Sony S tablet in the next few weeks. I think you talked about it back in Sept.

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

      @maddencorner Sony S is a very unique tablet, good choice. If it were me the Asus EEE Transformer would be my pick. The quad core processor alone would mean it is likely to handle a few Android updates and the latest apps with ease.

      • http://www.whitepages.co.uk/ RogerWhite

        @Dragon Blogger @maddencorner I’ve heard a lot of good things about ASUS, but my own experience with one of their laptops was poor. Anecdotes should not be relied on, and it might have been my fault for choosing a bad setup, but I’ll be wary before I buy from them again.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

          @RogerWhite @maddencorner All it takes is one faulty product to ruin the impression of a company even if majority of their products are great. I know Asus makes good laptops they get high marks from ExtremeTech and MaximumPC and such. A good example is my wife had 2 Motorola Droid phones (Droid 2 and Droid X) and hated them both, so won’t ever buy another Motorola phone.

        • http://maddencorner.com/ maddencorner

           @Dragon Blogger Well I got the Sony S. I’m enjoying it so far. The only thing I don’t like is there is no true apps to sd. It just breaks up the internal memory. They are set to get Android 4.0 in the fall so I’m hoping they make an adjustment in the update.

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

           @maddencorner Cool, which Android app store do you use the most?

        • http://maddencorner.com/ maddencorner

           @Dragon Blogger  I use the Google’s the most, but I always check Amazon’s for the free app of the day. I probably have downloaded 160 free apps from them. It’s been a few good one’s in there also. I forgot to mention the universal remote on the Sony S was a game changer for me and it works great. I have all the TV’s in my house programmed.  

        • http://maddencorner.com/ maddencorner

           @Dragon Blogger  I use Google’s the most, but I always check Amazon’s for the free app of the day. I probably have downloaded 160 free apps from them. It’s been a few good one’s in there also. I forgot to mention the universal remote on the Sony S was a game changer for me and it works great. I have all the TV’s in my house programmed. 

        • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

           @maddencorner That universal remote is  really cool feature, I saw there is a Roku remote app for the iPad but I haven’t tested it yet.

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  • http://mackmichaels.org/ MackMichaels

    Forget a larger Kindle Fire – I just want to be able to buy ANY Kindle Fire – as we in the UK are still not able…

    • http://www.dragonblogger.com/ Dragon Blogger

      @MackMichaels Yeah, I am hoping Amazon opens it up, I see the Wireless 3G Kindle is available. I am sure they will soon, a huge market left untapped. Maybe they were afraid they couldn’t meet demand yet?