Cnet invented the most delicious rumor on Friday. According to an analyst who is inclined to make unsubstantiated claims, Amazon's next tablet will have a 10 inch screen:
Now it's moving up to the 10-inch class, Richard Shim, an analyst at NPD DisplaySearch, told CNET.
The biggest Kindle Fire yet will sport a stunning 2,560x1,600-pixel density 10.1-inch display, according to Shim. That's about 300 pixels per inch (PPI), considerably denser than Apple's Retina iPad 4 with 264 PPI.
Mass production of the display for the 10-inch Kindle Fire will start in the third quarter, Shim said.
The Cnet article doesn't put forward any evidence nor does it explain the source of the rumor, and the lack of detail tends to make me think this is little more than gossip.
But just to satisfy my own curiosity, I took a few moments to consider whether it could be true. Gut instinct tells me that it probably isn't true, but that's not good enough. I want some smidgen of data to base that on, and luckily I didn't have to look far.
These announcements probably came as a result of the 8.9" tablet not selling fast enough to Amazon. I don't know about you, but I would describe that as not having a lot of luck That tends to make me doubt the Cnet rumor.
It's my guess that customers simply weren't interested in a limited function 9" media tablet at such a high price point. The buying public found Amazon's current large screen tablet so unappealing that Amazon knocked $100 off the the price.
Would they really be planning to release an even larger model? I don't think so, but then again I have been wrong in the past. What do you think?