updated 07:10 am EDT, Thu March 22, 2012
Amazon rumored to be prepping next Kindle Fire
Amazon may have already started placing orders for parts for its next-generation Kindle Fire. According to Digitimes, Taiwan-based chassis maker Catcher Technology has recently received parts orders from the online retail giant. The leak comes from upstream sources, although when approached about the potential deal Catcher declined to offer any comment about its partners.
Digitimes also notes that Catcher is expected to increase the number of its CNC machines to 15,000 over the course of 2012 in order to help cope with demand from the tablet PC industry. Whether the planned expansion is the result of supposedly picking up the orders for the next Kindle Fire can only be speculated. Further, this is said to include manufacturing chassis components for Apple's iPad as well.
Recent reports suggest that Amazon is planning a direct sequel to its current best-selling Kindle Fire 7-inch model. It is also thought that the company is looking to further bolster its range with the addition of a model with a larger display. While Catcher may be supplying the chassis for at least one, or both models, they will continue to be put together by existing supplier Quanta. It is thought that Foxconn will come on board to build the larger of the two tablets.
Amazon has had huge sales success with the Kindle Fire, but as expected, the company is taking a hit to its profits by either selling the tablet at or below cost with a view to turning a profit through Amazon store content sales. IDC recently noted that the Kindle Fire has eked out a 16.8 percent share of the global tablet market, knocking Apple's current tablet share down to 54.7 percent.