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Amazon Increasing Kindle Fire Supply to Meet Demand

By - Source: DigiTimes | B 11 comments

Amazon has cranked up its Kindle Fire orders to more than 5 million units to meet the holiday season demand.

Unnamed sources from upstream component suppliers report that Amazon has increased its Kindle Fire orders to more than 5 million units to be sold before the end of 2011 thanks to strong pre-orders. Amazon raised its order volume once already during the middle of Q3 2011, cranking up the number of units from the original 3.5 million to 4 million units.

According to the sources, Amazon increased its volume to more than 5 million because it believes demand for the Kindle Fire will become even stronger by the time Black Friday passes and customers are in full Holiday shopping mode in December. Amazon's upstream partners, which include Wintek, Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT), LG Display, Ilitek, Quanta Computer, Aces Connectors and Wah Hong Industrial, will benefit from the short-term orders.

Wednesday Amazon said that the Kindle Fire tablet will support "thousands" of apps right out of the box. The tablet will sport a customized version of Google's Android 2.3 "Gingerbread" OS, meaning that most of the apps hosted by Amazon's own Appstore for Android will be compatible with the device. Owners will also be greeted with a free app each day thanks to Amazon's current Free-App-Of-The-Day promotion.

Launching next week for $199.99, the Kindle Fire will sport a 7-inch IPS display with a 1024 x 600 resolution and 169 pixels per inch. It will also come packed with a dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP4 SoC clocked at 1 GHz, 512 MB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage (but no SD card slot), 8 hours of continuous reading with Wi-Fi turned off, and more.

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    plznote , November 10, 2011 11:28 PM
    Go Amazon!
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    eklipz330 , November 11, 2011 12:59 AM
    i want oneee but im waiting for the second version to reveal itself... hopefully its 9 inches
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    eddieroolz , November 11, 2011 1:50 AM
    With this many sold, you'd wonder if Amazon will sell as many of the successor units.
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    billybobser , November 11, 2011 8:49 AM
    Does not appear to be meeting demand in the Uk.

    at all.
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    everygamer , November 11, 2011 9:30 AM
    To bad they didn't release with Honeycomb, they are basically running the phone OS version of Android on the device. If they had released with Honeycomb they would have been able to offer applications optimized and designed for tablets.

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    TomsSound , November 11, 2011 11:28 AM
    They have customized the OS and UI so much that it shouldn't feel like a "phone os" .
    I ordered one and can't wait to check it out.
    I really like the Amazon apps and services. I have a good feeling about this tablet.
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    kartu , November 11, 2011 11:49 AM
    Tablet on the picture is definitely NOT 7", it's about 9-10". (assuming normal adult is holding it)
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    Anonymous , November 11, 2011 2:09 PM
    Keep up with the latest news and discussion all about the new Kindle Fire at the #1 Kindle Fire Forum on the web.
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    scythe944 , November 11, 2011 4:31 PM
    kartuTablet on the picture is definitely NOT 7", it's about 9-10". (assuming normal adult is holding it)

    Doesn't look like an adult to me. Check the pants, check the app (program), and check the hands.
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    rahulkadukar , November 12, 2011 2:59 PM
    Finally some competition to the IPad
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    Anonymous , November 14, 2011 10:09 AM
    Kindle Fire = Electronic Shopping Catalog. Why mail a free paper catalog when you can sell an electronic one that lets people instantly buy stuff with one click. Pure marketing brilliance.

    The economy is in the tank, unemployment is at an all time high, people, cities, and countries are saddled with crushing debt, its the eve of the biggest shopping season. Why mail a free paper catalog, when you can sell an electronic $200 with 5 million pre-orders...that's $1 billion before people even start to buy stuff.
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