Even as reports have emerged that a smaller model of the Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) iPad will be released into the market, it appears that Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) may be working on a ten-inch Amazon Kindle Fire. According to DigiTimes, reports have revealed that a 10.1-inch model of the Amazon Kindle Fire may be introduced by Amazon by the third quarter of 2012.
The screen size of the current version of the Amazon device is only seven inches. The ten-inch Amazon Kindle Fire will reportedly compete with the 9.7-inch Apple iPad. Reports have also indicated that Amazon is putting on hold plans of launching an 8.9-inch version of the device.
Orders for the Amazon tablets are anticipated to increase near the end of the quarter or the start of the next quarter. Reports have indicated that around forty million Amazon tablets are expected to be delivered for this year. Reports of a smaller iPad have circulated for the past few months that will allow Apple to go up against the smaller and more affordable Amazon Kindle Fire.
These reports initially emerged last December following reports that a number of 7.85-inch panels were purchased by Apple from AU Optronics and LG Display. Unnamed sources have also indicated that the smaller iPad will reportedly be released by Apple sometime in October at a price tag of around $250.
Releasing the smaller iPad will compete in the same market as the Amazon Kindle Fire with an aggressive price range although the reports on a bigger version of the Amazon Kindle Fire will also allow the company to compete with the present version of the iPad.
However some industry watchers have some misgivings on the reported bigger version of the Amazon Kindle Fire. A good number of the reports released by the site have been off-base although some were right on target.
Due to these doubts, industry watchers are taking the reported larger version of the Amazon Kindle Fire with a grain of salt.