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Report: Amazon Tablet to Hit in August/Sept.

By - Source: Digitimes | B 9 comments

There’s been rumors of an Amazon tablet doing the rounds for a while now, and the latest scuttlebutt is that the device will launch in August or September.

We first heard about Amazon's supposed plans for a tablet way back in April. Back then, the rumored release was scheduled for summer. Now we have word that the device may launch in August or September.

The news was first reported by Digitimes, which cites Taiwan-based component makers as the source for the information. These component makers say the timing of launch is to "meet the peak sales period prior to Thanksgiving in the US and the year-end holidays in the US and Europe." They also say that Amazon hopes to sell four million units in 2011 with monthly shipments amounting to between 700,000-800,000 units per month.

Sadly, other than a ball-park release period, these Taiwanese sources shared nothing in the way of specs, so everything is still dark on that front. We also still don't know what Amazon's vision for this device is. Last month, Amazon Chief Jeff Bezos spoke to Consumer Reports about the rumors and advised people to 'stay tuned.' However, he also said that if the company were to release such a device, it would have to be supplementary to its Kindle ereader, as opposed to replacing it completely. Bezos went on to say that Amazon "will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device."

If Amazon does release a tablet, it's believed the company may integrate its own services (streaming, shopping, reading, etc) tightly into a custom-built Android-based OS (similar to the Barnes & Noble Nook).

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    SneakySnake , June 23, 2011 2:54 AM
    I may get this if it's any good. Apparently the iPad 3 is coming out this fall as well with a high res display, so I'll look into that as well
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    fonzy , June 23, 2011 4:47 AM
    SneakySnakeI may get this if it's any good. Apparently the iPad 3 is coming out this fall as well with a high res display, so I'll look into that as well


    Ipad 3 this year? I doubt it. It's still hard to get an Ipad 2.
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    eddieroolz , June 23, 2011 5:58 AM
    So I suppose I can expect something like the Kindle?
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    back_by_demand , June 23, 2011 11:20 AM
    If this can do Kindle and has a web browser, expandable storage, playback video and music and is not much more expensive than a Kindle then it may destroy the tablet market.
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    sseyler , June 24, 2011 8:12 AM
    back_by_demandIf this can do Kindle and has a web browser, expandable storage, playback video and music and is not much more expensive than a Kindle then it may destroy the tablet market.


    That's almost like saying "if it has all of the features necessary to destroy the tablet market, then it will destroy the tablet market".
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    torque79 , June 24, 2011 1:08 PM
    Errr... who would want both a tablet and a kindle? How can they possibly validate needing both an ereader and a tablet, which is perfectly capable of displaying text? It's great to have another option, but I don't understand their statement that it will not replace the kindle, as if you'll need both to choose to read a book or watch a movie? Makes no sense.

    Mind you, having a more affordable dedicated e-reader still available of course makes sense. Just the company comments seem strange to me. It would make more sense to say that "the tablet will be fully capable of ereading like a kindle, but the kindle will still be available for its great e-ink feature and affordability".
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    virthddman , June 24, 2011 4:55 PM
    The Tablet war is alive and well - I welcome Amazon's offering, looking forward to see the specs, reviews - may consider one, among other Tablets.

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    fir_ser , June 24, 2011 8:42 PM
    This should heat up the competition in the tablet market, hope Amazon’s tablet will be a serious rival for Apple’s iPad.
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    6kaine9 , June 27, 2011 3:06 AM
    The Kindle ereader is by far the best device made for READING. If you want to do anything other than READING (i.e. watch video or surf the web) it's probably not ideal, but you really can't compare the Kindle with a tablet. E-ink technology is crisp, clear, and does not tire your eyes.
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