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Amazon may not have 10-inch Android tablet until 2012

updated 08:10 am EDT, Wed August 31, 2011

Amazon big tablet moved out to next year

Amazon might not have any truly large tablet on the market until early 2012, market rumors contended on Wednesday. The initial Android slate, identified by the tipsters as seven inches despite talk of a nine-inch model, will reportedly be made from October, but a 10.1-inch follow up wouldn't be available until sometime in the first quarter of next year. Foxconn was tipped by Digitimes as the manufacturer.

It's not clear what the features would be, although rumors of a 10-inch Amazon tablet codenamed Hollywood have raised the possibility that it might use a quad-core processor like NVIDIA's Kal-El, possibly just called the Tegra 3.

Most other discussion of an Amazon tablet has had it deliberately focusing on low prices that could be hundreds below the iPad. It would compete more with the Barnes & Noble Nook Color than anything from Apple. A 10-inch tablet, however, would be more intentional competition than seen before.

Among e-paper readers, Amazon is believed determined to keep its market share. Production plans for Kindle readers might cover as much as 25 million to 30 million units, or enough to give it about 60 to 70 percent of the US market. Earlier tips have described two Kindles, one a cheaper variant of the existing model and a second that would be touchscreen, like the 2011 e-paper Nook.

by MacNN Staff



  1. facebook_Robert

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    No biggy

    There are plenty of 10" tablets on the market, if someone wants a bulky slate of glass. What amazon needs is an e-reading tablet like the Kindle, only with an app store and color. They must retain the lightness of the Kindle, in order to be a good ereader. You can't add 1/2 lb of battery then brag about your 10 hour battery life.

    If they have a decent 7" tablet - lightweight and thin with acceptable battery life - color/app store, excellent reader and true tablet OS version of Android - then they'll have a hit for their customers. Still, its no easy feat, so we'll see what they do.

    I half expect they'll compromise on one of the needed features - but I still hope they figured out the formula.

  1. SockRolid

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No need to hurry. Get it right.

    If Amazon takes their time and polishes their iPad clone, it will kill all other iPad clones. Because none of the others is actually finished yet.

    Amazon has hundreds of millions of accounts with credit cards on file, plenty of hardware design experience, oodles of consumer-facing retailing experience, terabytes of digital media to deliver, and world-class mindshare thanks to the Kindles's success. A Kindle Pad, if done right, could dominate the non-iPad pad market.

    On the other hand, Amazon's international presence isn't nearly as strong as Apple's. I suspect Kindle Pad will do better than any other iPad clone, but will still be a distant #2 behind the real iPad.

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