Amazon Kindle Fire coming in 8.9-inch, 10-inch versions next year

Industry sources reckon a 9-inch version of the movie-streaming, music-storing Amazon Kindle Fire is on the cards.

Rumours are igniting of a new, larger Amazon Kindle Fire. Industry sources reckon a 9-inch version of the movie-streaming, music-storing affordable Android tablet is on the cards.

Amazon wants to follow up the newly released 7-inch Kindle Fire with an 8.9-inch version next summer, DigiTimes reports. A 10.1-inch version could follow that.

Suppliers of screens are discounting 8.9-inch panels, with discounts from LG and Samsung reportedly tempting Amazon. If Amazon does go down the route of offering different-sized models, it'll be stiff competition for Samsung, which offers a Galaxy Tab in just about every size from 5 to 10 inches.

A 10-inch model would challenge the iPad too. The Kindle Fire isn't designed for general use like the iPad, but if the price is as friendly as the current model, it could tempt casual buyers away from Apple's market-leading slate.

We don't know if the Kindle Fire will even make it to the UK by the time of the follow-ups planned release. The Kindle isn't designed to be an all-singing, all-dancing, high-end model, but rather seeks to give you the most bang for your buck.

It runs a custom version of Amazon designed to make the most out of the music, movies, ebooks, digital magazines and other online content that it accesses -- the problem being that all that content requires licensing deals that have delayed the Fire's release outside the US. If you're tempted by a Kindle Fire, check out our thoughts on whether you should wait .

The 9-inch Kindle Fire could hit shops by the middle of 2012. A 10.1-incher is also possible for later next year.

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Rich Trenholm is a senior editor at CNET where he covers everything from phones to bionic implants. Based in London since 2007, he has travelled the world seeking out the latest and best consumer technology for your enjoyment.

 

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