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Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

Competition in the seven-inch tablet market could be getting much hotter in the coming months, as NPD Group Inc. claims Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is working on up to four new Kindle Fire tablets.

CNET reports that NPD DisplaySearch Senior Analyst Richard Shim is predicting that Amazon could launch up to four "Kindle Fire 2" tablets this year.

The analyst suggests that the retailer will have three new tablets with seven-inch displays: one without a camera, one with a camera, and one with both 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) and a camera on board. These would arrive in August or September. The analyst also claims that Amazon could be working on an 8.9-inch display model for the fourth quarter.

The Eastern Morning Herald points to reports out of China that suggest Amazon has already ordered its first 2 million units of the Kindle Fire 2 from manufacturer Quanta Computer Inc. .

Rumors about an updated version of Amazon's popular Android tablet have been swirling for months. They have been given fresh focus by the launch of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s first tablet -- the Nexus 7 -- last week and revitalized chatter about an upcoming iPad Mini from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL)

Despite all the renewed interest in the smaller seven-inch tablet form factor, however, the larger iPad is still the best-selling tablet yet launched.

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joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:28 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

Amazon is also rumored to be working on a smartphone. I remember when you just used to buy paperbacks from them and all this was green fields and rolling hills...

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:28:27 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

btw, another name for the 7-inch tablet market is "the tablet market."


or, the iPad mimic market.


ph

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:28:27 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

More tablets make sense from Amazon and seem like a natural move, but the smartphone rumor makes less sense. Smartphones are a very different market than tablets given the operator subsidies and emphasis on software and apps. What do you think Amazon's prospects are here?

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:28:27 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

Apple doesn't have a 7-incher yet, but that's also a rumor de jour. I like my tablets bigger. It makes it easier to justify the purchase b/c it's an inbetween device, not a borderline smartphone or PC replacement. It was still hard to justify though..

sarahthomas1011 12/5/2012 | 5:28:26 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

Which was apt since netbooks died and laptops and tablets (very diff) both live on, I think.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:26 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

I guess, the 10-inch display on the Apple iPad is noticeably different to the 7-inch Androids and PlayBooks though. We could call all the portable PCs notebooks too but we split them out into laptops and netbooks instead.

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:25 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

"10-inch" or "7-inch" doesn't seem like great marketing, unless you're Aerosmith.

DCITDave 12/5/2012 | 5:28:25 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

i guess marketing really works, then.


 

joset01 12/5/2012 | 5:28:25 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

You can pry my ultrabook out of my cold dead... oh wait, no, can't do it with a straight face. :-)

paolo.franzoi 12/5/2012 | 5:28:24 PM
re: Rumor: Amazon Firing Up 7-Inch Tablet Market?

So, are you saying a door is not a door when its ajar?


 


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