Since the introduction of Amazon’s 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet, the company quickly proved there is indeed a market for the $199 Android hybrid. As pointed out in a report from Taiwan Economic News today, Amazon already shipped approximately 5 million units of the tablet that launched last September. Backing earlier rumors that Amazon planned to launch a larger 8-inch Kindle Fire sometime during 2012, the report claimed Amazon would roll out three new models of the tablet this year:
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This year, the company plans to roll out three new models, low-end 7” model (resolution of 1024×600), medium- to high-end 7” model (1280×800), and high-end 8.9” (1920×1200).
We do not have any more details about Amazon’s exact plans for the launch of these devices or any information about the source of the report. The report does note that Amazon partnered with Quanta and Hon Hai for assembly, Chimei Innolux for 7-inch sensors, and Prime View and Chimei Innolux for flat panel displays to “cut production cost and improve the low profit margin.” Previously, only Quanta assembled the device, while Panasonic and LGD provided display panels.