Amazon Kindle Fire to go 10-inch

Amazon started small. Now it's going big. The online retailer is expected to bring out its biggest tablet yet later this year.

Amazon will go big with a 10-inch class tablet, according to DisplaySearch.
Amazon will go big with a 10-inch class tablet, according to DisplaySearch. Amazon

Amazon is expected to bring out a bigger version of the Kindle Fire, as it gradually grows the size of its tablets.

Amazon arguably started the small tablet fad when it launched the 7-inch Kindle Fire in November of 2011. And it followed that with 8.9-inch model, announced in September 2012.

Now it's moving up to the 10-inch class, Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, told CNET.

The biggest Kindle Fire yet will sport a stunning 2,560x1,600-pixel density 10.1-inch display, according to Shim. That's about 300 pixels per inch (PPI), considerably denser than Apple's Retina iPad 4 with 264 PPI.

And that matches the 2,560x1,600 10-inch screen on Google's Nexus 10, touted as the highest-resolution tablet yet.

Mass production of the display for the 10-inch Kindle Fire will start in the third quarter, Shim said.

Amazon is also expected to refresh its 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fires, with the goal of getting all models to a 300 PPI, Shim added.

In the latest figures from IDC, Amazon was ranked No. 4 in tablet shipments, with 3.7 percent of the market.

Amazon did not respond to a request for comment.

About the author

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time.

 

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