Amazon taps Foxconn for 10-inch Kindle Fire, says report
Amazon will consign production of a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet to Foxconn, according to an Asia-based report. If true, this would mean that Amazon has its sights on a slightly bigger tablet than previous reports have claimed.
Shipments of the 10-inch class Fire would begin in the second quarter, according to a report in DigiTimes.
Previous speculation had cited a 9-inch class Fire. Currently, Amazon sells a 7-inch device. The Internet retailer has sold 4 million to 5 million units during the last quarter, according to estimates by various market research firms.
Quanta and Inventec manufacture the 7-inch Kindle Fire as well as Barnes & Noble's Nook Tablet, the report said. Amazon may be seeking additional contract manufacturers due to the positive market response to the 7-inch Fire, according to the report.
A 10-inch Fire--depending on its feature set--could put Amazon in roughly the same market segment as Apple's 9.7-inch iPad 2. Apple, however, is a moving target. It is expected to bring out its next-generation iPad in March that will boast the highest resolution screen on any consumer tablet to date.