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Amazon Kindle Fire: Rumors say 8.9-inch, 10-inch models planned

  

The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet has been on the market for about a week and rumors about the next Fire are already persistent.

The latest rumor: The next Kindle Fire will have an 8.9-inch screen, to be followed by a 10.1-inch model.

Of course, this is all rumor, but hearing rumors this early in a product's life isn't uncommon with gadgets such as this. The Fire on sale now, for example, was rumored for months before Amazon officially announced its first tablet.

The Taiwanese website DigiTimes is among the latest to report the next-generation Kindle rumors, stating that Foxconn Electronics -- one of Apple's major manufacturing partners -- will help build a 7-inch model to replace the current first-generation Fire. It said the new model could "start production in the first quarter of 2012."

The website also said that its unnamed sources say that Amazon is working on new tablets in 10.1-inch and 8.9-inch screen sizes, with the smaller of the two planned for release in the "second quarter of 2012."

The rumors seem a bit premature given that Amazon just released the Fire, so we may want to take all of the above with a grain of salt. But the amount of hype and interest generated by the Fire is somewhat similar to that for Apple's iPad and iPhone, which also have spawned rumors about their next generations as current models are introduced.

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-- Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Twitter.com/nateog

Video: Armand Emamdjomeh / Los Angeles Times

 
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