Amazon is said to be launching three more Kindle tablets in 2012. According to the China Economic News Service (CENS) they include two new 7in models and an 8.9in version, meaning it potentially has an eye on the low, middle and higher ends of the market.
The entry level tablet is believed to have a 1024 x 600 resolution, with the mid-range edition boosting that to 1280 × 800 within the same screen size. The 8.9in device is claimed to have 1920 x 1200 pixels.
Of course, in the UK, we’re still waiting for the original Kindle Fire tablet to be made available, other than through eBay resellers based in the US. These new models could be part of an international roll-out planned for later in the year.
The conventional Kindle e-readers continue to ship in massive numbers in Europe as well as the US, although Amazon is notoriously secretive about how many it has sold exactly. As for Kindle Fire tablets, it has sold more than 5 million since the launch in September 2011.
The online giant is also pretty tight-lipped about its supply chain. The first Kindle Fire was assembled by Quanta in Taiwan, which also reportedly helped with its design. For the new models, CENS says that Amazon will be tapping Quanta once more for the top two tablets, while another Taiwanese factory, Han Hai, takes on the entry level product.
The new flat panel displays will come from Taiwan’s Prime View and Chimei Innolux (which also supplies the 7in touch sensors). This is in contrast to the first Kindle Fire, which used touchscreen technology from Panasonic and LG Display. There were suggestions last autumn that Amazon’s first tablet actually cost slightly more to make than the price it was selling it for.