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.