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Amazon’s Next Kindle Fire Android Tablet Clears the FCC

Do you recall all those rumors about Amazon is working on a larger Kindle Fire, and how that tablet is expected to be released this fall? I think it cleared the FCC yesterday.

Now here’s something guaranteed to wake you up this morning.

A friend of mine has tipped me to a set of FCC documents which were posted yesterday. They don’t show any useful detail, but they do lead somewhere interesting. Like Amazon’s past FCC submissions, this paperwork belongs to a new front company. This time around the company is Harpers LLC.

The thing is, folks, every time Amazon has sent a device through the FCC they’ve used a new front company and then hid the paperwork. This is what Amazon has done for every ereader and tablet since the second Kindle. (The first leaked accidentally.) In fact, when the K4, Kindle Touch, and Kindle Fire went through the FCC, Amazon used 3 front companies.

I know Harpers LLC is a front company because the address leads back to a storefront rented by CSC Entity Services, and the guy named on the paperwork as the President of Harpers also works for CSC.

Stephen Facciolo shows up on LinkedIn as a service leader for CSC, and that leads me to conclude that CSC is the legitimate front company (corporate services provider) that Amazon hired to run a second front company so that this FCC paperwork wouldn’t get back to them.

Yeah, that worked well.

I don’t have anything beyond the label, but after looking at the dimensions I’m guessing that this is a 9.7″ or 10″ tablet. The general screen geometry is likely going to be 4:3 (like the iPad), and not widescreen like many Android tablets. And since some of the hidden parts of the FCC paperwork will be revealed in December, this device will clearly be launched this fall.

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Brad Linder 15 August, 2012 um 8:44 am

OK, it looks like Harpers isn’t the actual tablet maker here… but what makes you certain Amazon’s behind this, as opposed to some other device maker?

Nate Hoffelder 15 August, 2012 um 8:49 am

I don’t know any other device maker who is this obsessed with secrecy. The small guys wouldn’t waste the money; they send stuff through under their name or that of their Chinese partner. And so far as I know the large guys have all used their own name.

This would have to be someone new – or it’s Amazon. I’m going for Amazon.


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Syn 15 August, 2012 um 9:31 am

Good Work Nate. Interesting that they may be going 4:3 instead of 16:9/16:10.


Mike Cane 15 August, 2012 um 11:52 am

So Amazon will be making the tablet that everyone will want to get to run Open webOS on it? Cats and dogs living together…


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Len Feldman 15 August, 2012 um 12:20 pm

Nate, is it possible that this isn’t the new Amazon tablet, but the new 7″ iPad? The rumors indicate that the smaller iPad will have the same aspect ratio as the bigger model, and the timing would be right for the filing. It could very well be a new 10″ tablet from Amazon, but it might also be a new 7″ tablet from Apple.

Nate Hoffelder 15 August, 2012 um 12:33 pm

I was under the impression that Apple filed their paperwork under the FCC ID BCJ. But the site is down at the moment so I cannot check.


Len Feldman 15 August, 2012 um 1:09 pm

You’re probably right–but there’s always a first time, especially given that Tim Cook has said that the company is "doubling down" on squashing leaks. Apple may want to start playing the front company game as well.


Fbone 15 August, 2012 um 1:17 pm

Did Amazon use Sporton International to test their previous devices? Did Apple?


David Whitbeck 15 August, 2012 um 3:30 pm

4:3 ratio! Oh goody! That’s what I like. 🙂


Peter 15 August, 2012 um 3:43 pm

Nice work!


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