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According to TechCrunch, they have actually seen Amazon’s tablet, which will be called the Amazon Kindle. It will be a slate sporting a 7 inch touchscreen, which will be landing sometime by the end of November.
Aside from sporting a 7 inch display, it will be downright cheap. The tablet will be sold for $250 (around £150). If this is true, it will be similarly priced compared to the e-ink Kindle 3G.
Although we couldn’t find any pictures of Amazon’s first tablet, according to reports, it does look similar to RIM’s Blackberry Playbook. It sports a rubber surface on the back, which will prevent the slate from slipping from your grip. However, it cannot connect to the internet via 3G network, and it does not come with a camera. It will come with a purely touch interface, without any physical buttons found on the front of the device.
The Amazon Kindle will be powered by the Android OS. However, it will be a modified version. It will come with an orange and dark blue interface. The main screen will show downloaded books, movies, and apps. you will get to enjoy more from tabbed browsing. It will give you direct access to the Amazon Appstore as well as other Amazon services, but not the Android Market.
Having a tablet does make a lot of sense. Coupled with apps and digital content, it will be a force to be reckoned with. It might even have what it takes to take on Apple’s iPad. Furthermore, if it does happen to be successful, we might just see a 10 inch version next year.
Are you excited to see Amazon’s first tablet this November? Let us know what you think.
According to reports, Amazon will be shipping 3 million tablets by the 3rd quarter of this year. Are these reports true? These reports come from the Taiwan Economic News via BGR.
We’re pretty sure you’ve heard this before. The online retailer Amazon is said to be releasing not 1 but 2 tablets. The first tablet will be the Coyote. This tablet will come packed with a dual-core processor under the hood. Although it will be sporting a dual-core processor, it is said to be an entry-level tablet. It will sport a 9 inch display. However, it will not come with a camera. It is said to arrive on October.
The next tablet is said to be the Hollywood. This is a monster of a tablet. It will come packed with the Kal-El chip quad-core chip by NVIDIA, which is aptly named after the young Superman.
Will these tablets replace Amazon’s eBook reader the Kindle? According to Jeff Benzos, Amazon’s CEO, “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device.” In other words, the answer is no.
The question is, how will Amazon’s tablets compete with the pack leader, the iPad 2? According to experts, it will give the iPad a run for its money.
If you’ve noticed, news of Amazon’s Android tablets has gone quiet. However, Amazon has now broken the silence. A job opening has been posted for the online retailer’s hardware division. The company’s Lab126, responsible for the Kindle and other future devices is now looking for a browsing specialist.
It is highly possible that Amazon is looking for an expert that will improve the browsing capabilities of their eBook reader the Kindle. However, the job posting does hint on the online retail giant’s bigger plans.
Lab126 is specifically in search of a WebKit development engineer. This is significant since this framework is behind the success of browsers such as Chrome and Safari. This is also behind the next Kindle, which the retail giant is calling experimental.
Another requirement is experience in design and implementation of software solutions in devices such as Android, WebOS, and the iOS.
With Amazon’s requirements, the developer hired will most likely be developing next generation Kindles. However, it is also likely that this developer will be developing enhanced browsing capabilities for a device other than an eBook reader.
It is also most likely that Amazon is trying to develop a unique browser for its rumored tablets. This will help these tablets better compete with the top tablet in the market the iPad as well as the growing number of Android tablets. This does make sense as well.