10-inch Kindle Fire release date rumored to be in Q2 2012

Amazon launched its 7-inch Kindle Fire tablet just three months ago.  The tablet is the most successful non-iPad tablet so far with anywhere from 4 million to 6 million of the tablets being sold in about a month and a half of last year.

Amazon is not content to rest on its laurels and has chosen Foxconn to manufacture a 10-inch version of the Kindle Fire tablet.  A report from DigiTimes stated that Foxconn has received ODM orders for the larger size Kindle Fire and is set to begin shipments in the second quarter of 2012.

The 7-inch Kindle Fire was so popular for a variety of reasons, but the $199 price was a huge factor.  If the report is true, Amazon will now be trying to compete directly with Apple’s dominating iPad.

It’ll be interesting to see where Amazon prices a 10-inch Kindle Fire.  No doubt it will have to be aggressively priced to be able to put a dent in the 10-inch tablet market.

If the larger Kindle Fire does anywhere near as well as its smaller sibling you can expect to see a lot more demand for ebooks.