Amazon’s not done with tablets – it could launch four new models in 2012

by Doug Drinkwater

March 29 2012

Amazon could add as many as four new tablets during 2012
Amazon could add as many as four new tablets during 2012

Citing people close to Amazon, Taiwanese news source Digitimes says the brand behind the Kindle Fire tablet could launch as many as four new tablets this year, including a 10.1-inch device which could start shipping as early as July.

The news website says that the 10.1-inch model is likely to be priced between $249 and $299, and claims that Amazon has not moved to confirm any launch of an 8.9-inch model yet because it still has some concerns over pricing.

As with earlier rumors, the source says that a 7-inch model, priced around $199, will come to market in the second quarter, and claims that Jeff Bezos' firm is looking to introduce a $169 tablet of the same size to cater for the low-end market.

All of these new products would seem to be boosting Amazon expectations, with Digitimes claiming that Amazon now expects overall tablet shipments to rise from 5-6 million units in 2011 to 20 million units for 2012.

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