Will Amazon Launch an 8.9-inch Kindle Fire in Early 2012?

By Jamie Condliffe on at

In most aspects of life, it's fair to say that size matters. Amazon seem to think so, too, as the latest rumour out of the mill suggests that early 2012 will see an 8.9-inch Fire on the market.

DigiTimes reported that supply chain sources suggest Amazon will follow up the recent 7-inch Kindle Fire with a bigger brother. The say that the new Fire will pack an 8.9-inch screen and will launch in the second quarter of 2012.

Apparently Amazon is hoping to take advantage of LG Display's and Samsung Electronics' promotion of 8.9-inch panels, as well as using the device to fend off competition from the glut of 9-10-inch tablets that are already available.

It's fair to say that we're fans of the Fire. But do we need an 8.9-inch version? To be honest, to make a bigger screen size worth it, we also need to see higher specs throughout. Without that, a larger Fire might actually turn out to be a damp squib. [DigiTimes via The Verge]