Amazon's much-rumored tablet is said to be going into production in the first quarter of next year. Digitimes cites sources from upstream component suppliers that say the as-yet-unconfirmed 10.1-inch tablet from Amazon will hit mass production in the first quarter of 2012. What's more, these sources say Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) will be handling the work order.
Talk of Amazon's tablet first surfaced in the spring, sparked by a blog post written by GDGT's Peter Rojas. A month later, Digitimes said that Quanta had received the work order for a 7-inch Amazon tablet and that the contract would contribute $3.5 billion to Quanta’s 2011 revenues. Now Digitimes says that Amazon plans to ship this Quanta-made tablet in October of this year, while the larger 10-inch tablet will not ship until 2012.
During an interview last May, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did not deny that his company was planning on producing a tablet. Instead he advised readers to 'stay tuned' and said that such a device would have to be supplementary to the company's Kindle ereader as opposed to replacing it completely. Bezos added that Amazon "will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device."