Amazon is rumored to follow-up the Kindle Fire success with not one, not two, but three new tablet models, according to recent rumors. The company is supposed to debut two new 7 inchers and an 8.9 inch new comer, according to the usual insiders. The 3 tablets have varied resolutions, but more about that after the break.
So, it turns out that the low end 7 inch unit supports a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, while the midrange 7 incher supports a 1280 x 800 res and the high end 8.9 incher supports a 1920 x 1200 resolution. In an effort to maintain low production costs Amazon already signed agreements with Taiwanese assemblers Quanta and Han Hai, plus Prime View and Chimei Innolux, that will supply flat panel screens. Chimei Innolux is supposed to provide exclusively the 7 inch touch sensors.
The Kindle Fire took off in September 2011 and has become one of the best sold tablets on the market and certainly the best selling Android tablet right now. The original Amazon slate was assembled by Quanta, the same company that made the PlayBook, so that’s why the designs were quite similar, as was the texture of the case. Taiwan Economic News is saying that Hon Hai will assemble the lower end 1024 x 600 7 inch unit, while Quanta will handle the midrange 1280 x 800 model. Will Amazon be able to replicate the success of its first tablet, especially with the Nook Tablet priced similarly now and with a very cheap Google Nexus tablet in the making?