Amazon tablet drumbeat picks up; likely to land by October

Amazon tablet drumbeat picks up; likely to land by October

Summary: Here's one tablet story that won't go away even if it isn't confirmed yet. It is now being reported that Amazon will be launching its own tablet computer by October.

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Here's one tablet story that won't go away even if it isn't confirmed yet. It is now being reported that Amazon will be launching its own tablet computer by October.

In fact, The Wall Street Journal reports that Amazon has some big product plans in store just ahead of the holiday shopping season:

The Seattle-based company will also release two updated versions of its popular Kindle electronic reader in the third quarter of the year, the people said. One will be a touch-screen device. The other won't have a touch screen, but will be an improved and cheaper adaptation of the current Kindle, said people who have seen the device.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Amazon is ordering as many as 1 million to 1.2 million tablets in the third quarter, which would fit in line with an October release. Back in May, Digitimes said that Quanta Computer has received orders from Amazon for a tablet device with "peak orders expected to hit 700,000 to 800,000 a month."

Aside from production details, there are also plenty of rumors swirling about what kind of tablet this could be. One is that the device is being produced by Samsung. Even if it already has the Galaxy Tab series to worry about, Samsung's involvement is still a possibility according the Journal's report:

The Amazon tablet will have a roughly nine-inch screen, people familiar with the product said, and will run on Google Inc.'s Android operating system. The online retailer isn't designing the device itself, but is outsourcing production to an Asian manufacturer, these people said.

It's fairly obvious that Amazon will be integrating its existing digital resources into this device as much as possible, including Amazon Video On Demand, the Kindle store and the Cloud Player for music.

Another idea is that the slate will be a subsidized tablet like the ad-supported versions of the Kindle, making it a much more competitive option (at least pricing-wise, hopefully) to the iPad.

Speaking of the Kindle, at least the 3G version became a better deal today for those who don't mind a bit of advertising when reading as the 3G Special Offers edition dropped to $139.

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Topics: Amazon, Hardware, Laptops, Mobility, Tablets

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  • My guess is it won't really be Android

    Oh sure, it'll run on the open source bits that make Android Android, but it won't have Google bits that do, such as the Market or Google Maps. It'll have Amazon versions and offerings from competitors. For instance, I wouldn't be at all surprised to see Bing as the default search and mapping engine.
    x I'm tc
  • RE: Amazon tablet drumbeat picks up; likely to land by October

    Amazon does not have to subsidize the tablet with advertisements. They can subsidize it with their own products and services. Pretty self explanatory, really, books, music, and items will subsidize the tablet.
    hoaxoner
    • RE: Amazon tablet drumbeat picks up; likely to land by October

      @hoaxoner

      All the benefits of Android and none of Google-spyware and advertising crap? Sounds good to me.
      OffsideInVancouver
  • RE: Amazon tablet drumbeat picks up; likely to land by October

    I like the size of the tablet, but if it is ad subsidized then its a no go. However if it could be rooted like my nook color then i would be interested in it. I've wanted a tablet since the ipad came out, however I can't buy into apples closed ecosystem.

    For me a tablet is a couch potato device, while I do love my rooted nook color for its portability the 7 inch is a bit small for a couch potato device. It is however great for ebooks and taking outside or on vacations.

    Right now I am waiting to see what win 8 can do on a tablet. In my humble opinion it will be about two to five years before hardware and software have matured enough for a near laptop or desktop replacement. That is what i am really waiting for.

    Till then I will support Barnes and Noble with my dollars for the open architechture of the Nook Color
    darkside6966@...
  • Tablets now in sub $500, waiting for sub $100

    I'm aiting for the tablet market to lower the price down to the sub $100 market range, I'd pay more if one could be made into a remote control for my Dish 722k HD tuner with Google TV. Then if it had plug-ins for my video and audio equipment like VCR's, DVD's, surround sound.

    About the only things let it for them to prepare you dinners and get your snail mail, and maybe walk you pet.
    DHOLYER@...