10-inch Kindle Fire Model Turns Up at FCC
The FCC has been a valuable tipster for upcoming devices, and one of the most recent ones to pop out is a filing for a tablet that could add a new model to Amazon’s line-up. However, the regulatory compliance documents may hint that the new device would be larger than the original 7-inch Kindle Fire, which lorded over the budget tablet segment since its release late last year.
A release sometime in the fall could be in the cards for the new device, which is yet more evidence of a refresh of Amazon’s Kindle devices in time for the holiday season.
There has been an apparent effort to clear stocks of the current Kindle e-book readers over the past few weeks, which involve significant price cuts to a number of these devices – particularly the 10-inch Kindle DX. Further indication of this is the apparent supply shortages of some of Amazon’s smaller e-readers.
However, if the new device is really a 10-inch model, could this mean the end of the original 7-inch model that took the market by storm through a combination of good-enough specifications and bargain-basement prices?
With the release of the Nexus 7 and the expected launch of a 7.85-inch iPad Mini, could Amazon have figured that they’d have a better chance by going up in size and trying to undercut the iPad’s dominance by competing on price?
This might be a difficult proposition, considering that the Nexus 7 has set the floor for what buyers could consider as “good enough” in a certain price range, and that there are plenty of other Android-based tablets in the full-size segment.