Feb 212012
 

AmazonAccording to the Chinese-language Economic Daily News, Amazon could launch a 6-inch colour e-ink reader later this year. Such a device would be the company’s first to use a colour e-ink display.

The report indicates that E Ink Holdings (EIH) has received an order from Amazon to supply it with three million ePaper modules per month starting in March. This suggests that component production may be ramping up with production of the reader itself to take place sometime later.

A separate report indicates that Amazon is also looking at launching a 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet in Q2. Foxconn has apparently received the manufacturing contract according to Digitimes‘ supply chain sources. A previous rumour had suggested that Amazon would first launch an 8.9-inch version of the Kindle Fire in the Q2 timeframe and only later follow up with a larger 10.1-inch version.

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Dec 182011
 

Amazon Kindle FireAmazon, which has so far provided little information on just how well its Kindle devices have sold, issued a press release this week to finally shed a bit of light on this. It reports that it is now selling over a million Kindle devices (Kindle ebook readers and the Kindle Fire tablet) a week. The Kindle Fire in particular has been Amazon’s best selling, most gifted and most wished for products since its introduction.

“Kindle Fire is the most successful product we’ve ever launched – it’s the bestselling product across all of Amazon for 11 straight weeks, we’ve already sold millions of units, and we’re building millions more to meet the high demand. In fact, demand is accelerating – Kindle Fire sales increased week over week for each of the past three weeks. People are buying Kindle Fire because it’s a simple, fully-integrated service that makes it easy to do the things they love – watch movies, read books and magazines, listen to music, download apps, play games, and surf the web,” said Dave Limp, Vice President, Amazon Kindle. “Our family of Kindle e-ink readers are close behind Kindle Fire on the Amazon.com bestseller list. Customers continue to report preferring their Kindle e-reader for long-form reading, and in fact we’ve seen many customers buy two Kindles – both a Kindle Fire and a Kindle or Kindle Touch – this holiday season.”

Amazon is readying a new firmware update for the Kindle Fire to address a number of issues and deliver better performance, touchscreen performance improvements, and improved privacy controls.

The Kindle Fire sells for US$199 and the Kindle ereaders start at US$79.

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Nov 102011
 

Amazon Kindle FireStrong pre-orders for its upcoming Kindle Fire tablet have apparently prompted Amazon to increase its orders for 2011 to five million units. Digitimes adds that this is the second time that the retailer has increased orders since announcing it in late September.

While Amazon has not provided pre-order numbers, it apparently took about 95,000 on the first day of pre-orders.

The Kindle Fire is set to launch on November 15th for US$199.

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Oct 012011
 

Kindle FireDigital marketing firm eDataSource estimates that Amazon may have seen as many as 95,000 pre-orders for its first tablet, the Kindle Fire, on the first day alone. The number is roughly a third of sales Apple recorded for the first day the original iPad was available.

eDataSource apparently came up with its estimates by tracking email purchase receipts in 800,000 inboxes.

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Fire tablet this past Wednesday. Selling for US$199, it will begin to ship on November 15th.

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Sep 282011
 

Amazon Kindle FireAs expected, Amazon today announced the Kindle Fire tablet. According to Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO:

“Kindle Fire brings together all of the things we’ve been working on at Amazon for over 15 years into a single, fully-integrated service for customers. With Kindle Fire, you have instant access to all the content, free storage in the Amazon Cloud, the convenience of Amazon Whispersync, our revolutionary cloud-accelerated web browser, the speed and power of a state-of-the-art dual-core processor, a vibrant touch display with 16 million colors in high resolution, and a light 14.6 ounce design that’s easy to hold with one hand – all for only $199. We’re offering premium products, and we’re doing it at non-premium prices.”

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Sep 262011
 

AmazonIt is widely expected that Amazon will unveil its first Android tablet at a press event on September 28th. TechCrunch.com, which already spent time with the tablet, now reports that the tablet will be known as the Kindle Fire.

Along with Gdgt.com, they report that the Kindle Fire will bear a striking resemblance to the BlackBerry PlayBook because both products were designed and built by Quanta. More details are also emerging about the specifications: It will apparently be powered by a dual-core TI OMAP chip (slower than that of the RIM PlayBook to keep costs down?) and a heavily modified version of Google Android (perhaps version 2.1).

The two sites have very different opinions of the Kindle Fire. Gdgt.com‘s Ryan Block has been told by his sources that the Kindle Fire is “pretty poor” and only a “stopgap” to have a tablet for sale in 2011. TechCrunch.com, on the other hand, describes it as a better product than the PlayBook because “the software is better and, more importantly, the content available is much better.”

While Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos may show off the Kindle Fire at the event, it will apparently not ship until the second week of November. The price also could be slightly higher than originally reported at US$300 rather than the rumoured US$250.

While many had expected Amazon to be a real competitor for Apple in the tablet space, it appears that expectations are already coming down. Is the iPad about to claim another victim?

Read more about this story: TechCrunch.com and Gdgt.com