It has long been rumored that Amazon had only planned to test the tablet waters with its original 7-inch Kindle Fire. Amazon's purported plan was to release a larger version of its "iPad Killer" if the original smaller version sold well. Even though the Kindle Fire didn't live up to its iPad killing nickname, it does look like Amazon is still moving ahead with a larger version of the tablet.
A recent FCC filing spotted by the The Digital Reader revealed that Amazon may be trying to hide the tablet by using a front company.
Nate Hoffelder explains:
"Every time Amazon has sent a device through the FCC they 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.
Hoffelder believes Amazon is using Harpers LLC as a front company to sneak the new tablet through the FCC. The filing reveals that the tablet could feature a 9.7″ or 10″ screen, and that the device should be ready in the fall.
The Amazon Kindle Fire didn't set the tablet market on fire, but it wasn't a total flop. It even inspired Google to launch its own $200 7-inch slate known as the Nexus 7. If Amazon can improve upon the original Kindle Fire, while keeping the cost below an Apple iPad, they might have that killer they've been looking for.