More Amazon Tablet News – 3 On The Way?

Update Oct 2011: The new Kindle Fire Tablet has been released. You can read all about it here. Pre-orders can be made and deliveries will begin in mid November.


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The web is pretty crazy right now, with so many new Amazon tablet rumors.  The latest bits of gossip to appear are hinting that we could be seeing one new tablet this year and another next year.  What is even more surprising (since the Kindle news has been a little over-shadowed by talk of tablets lately) is that two new Kindle readers are also expected in the third quarter of 2011.

Amazon Tablet NewsThis is possibly the summer release date we were thinking about.  A new touch-screen Kindle along with another new Kindle 4 (but sadly not in color just yet!).  This is very interesting, in that it confirms what we had hoped; that Amazon will continue to market dedicated eReaders to those that want something perfect for just one activity, regardless of just how impressive their multi-function tablets look set to become.

Whilst a viable alternative to the iPad would be nice, we don’t want to see the demise of the dedicated ebook readers since they really are the very best way to read, if that’s all you primarily wish to do.

There is a whole heap of discussion concerning the technical details, and since no sources are being openly acknowledged it’s pretty difficult to determine who is really in the know, and who is simply speculating without much to back it up.

Both the Wall Street Journal and Digitimes are in the center of today’s debate regarding the next tablet PCs to hit the market.  But their sources are giving quite different opinions.  Whilst WSJ are claiming a 9″ tablet is ready for shipping come October, Digitimes are sticking to their “2 tablet” rumor, claiming that Foxconn are producing a 10.1″ tablet that won’t start shipping till 2012, and Quanta are already shipping a 7.1″ version.

Who to believe?  Who knows!  Until we have some firm announcement from the company themselves, these Amazon tablet rumors and snippets of news are set to continue popping up.  One thing for sure, as soon as we have something concrete we will be letting all you newsletter subscribers in on it too!


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Amazon Tablet Release Date

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Important update: The Amazon tablet release has begun. Pre-orders can be made today, with deliveries scheduled to begin in mid November, on a first come, first served basis. Check out our color Kindle tablet article to find out all about the new Fire.

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We should have a firm Kindle tablet release date in the next few days. In late September Amazon are due to hold a press conference in NYC. Since we didn’t get the August release we hoped for, this event would lead us to think that the new Kindle is being officially launched. That means we should see the tablet for real, as well as find out when we can start ordering it!

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amazon tablet release dateAn August release date for the Amazon Tablet / Color Kindle looks like a near certainty today.  More news from Digitimes confirm that shipments are expected before the end of summer.

Not that we are surprised – after all when is a better time to release the ideal Christmas gift?

The report did bring some surprises though.  We had all got used to the idea of a quad core NIVDIA processor, but now it seems the hardware is being designed by Texas Instruments.  Even E-ink Holdings look like they’re out of the picture since the new story is that the touch panel is coming from Wintek.

It all seems a little odd that the previous reports were so wide of the mark.

So what will the new Kindle in color, and tablets from Amazon really be like?  You can bet we’ll be hearing all about them in the next month prior to a summer release.  And, if you want to find out first, subscribe at the right.  We’ll be in touch as soon as we have concrete information rather than simply more speculation!


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Two New Amazon Tablets for 2011?

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The rumours simply won’t stop at the moment will they.  We have already been rather over-excited about the prospect on a tablet Kindle from Amazon, and now it seems that actually we might really see 2 Amazon tablet devices instead!

Code-named Coyote and Hollywood it will be interesting to see what these two new tablets actually offer consumers.

While tech insiders are unsure if we need more tablet computers (75 new versions were shown at this years CES alone, and who has heard of more than 2 or 3?), many do agree that only Amazon has the power and infrastructure to actually deliver a tablet that would appeal to the Apple avoiding masses.

But 2 Amazon tablets?  Why you might well ask…

Hollywood Amazon Tablet

Amazon 10" TabletWell think about it logically, Amazon have recently entered both the cloud computing, and the media download markets.  So perhaps a large tablet could become your must have media player for films?  If so the Hollywood tablet code-name might be rather apt; this might just be the Kindle for Movies.   Particularly when you consider, that if the rumours are correct the Hollywood tablet will be sporting Nvidia’s Kal-El quad core chipset, which in theory increases the performance by 500%.

If speculation is correct, this large format device, which much better resolution than the current iPad 2 would make for a great Blu-Ray viewer wouldn’t it.  And, focussing on one aspect of its use, could be a simple way for Amazon to educate customers as to why they might actually want to buy a tablet.  So far tablet uptake has been relatively slow (massive Apple iPad sales excluded of course).  Price, and the fact that we already have a lot of gadgets in our homes that can do much of the same stuff a tablet can is likely to put off all but the early adopters.  If Amazon sell us a media viewing computer, that also happens to be great for surfing, gaming, and chatting we might change our minds.

It now looks likely that the movie tablet from Amazon will feature free video streaming (for a limited time at the very least), similar to that offered to Amazon Prime customers already.

Coyote Amazon Tablet

7" Amazon TabletAnd, as for the Coyote Tablet?  Well, we think this will be an entry level Nvidia Tegra 2 powered tablet   Of course, for now it looks like LCD will be the chosen display, but by 2012 it seems that displays using both back-lighting and e-ink could be a workable reality, so perhaps then the Coyote will become the real color Kindle so many of us are waiting for.

Amazon Tablet Release Date

If the BGR sources are right, the Amazon tablet’s release date is likely to be in the fall of 2011 as that is when the quad core chip-set will be ready.

And, since Jeff Bezos responded to an enquiry about Amazon’s likelihood of creating a tablet last week, with the words “stay tuned” it seems things are likely to be announced pretty soon.

Update 15th July 2011 – It now looks like we might even see only one of the new amazon tablets this year, whilst the larger model could well be ready only in 2012!  But further speculation suggests that 2011 will bring the release of the long awaited Kindle Touch which would be kind of groovy!   Read more Amazon Tablet News.



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Amazon Tablet Release Date 2011?

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Updated 22nd June 2011 – Great News – Amazon Tablet Release Date August 2011 – well we think so anyway.

7" Amazon TabletMore Amazon tablet news arrived 15th July which might mean we see only one new tablet this year, but another in 2012.  On the plus side it seems that a new Kindle with touch-screen, along with an updated version of their current reader are both in the pipe-line too…

Based on Digitimes latest report it seems that and August release of Amazon’s tablets looks more likely than ever.  And its all change on the specification too.  No more Tigra, but instead Texas Instruments provide the processors, with Taiwan-based Wintek to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs.

Whether these new rumors will be proved right of course, remains to be seen – but if you want to be first to know when Amazon themselves confirm the release date of their new tablets just complete the form at the side.  We’ll be in touch as soon as firm news is in!

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It looks like more fuel to the Amazon Tablet rumours this month.  Taiwanese tech news site Digitimes released news on 3rd May, that indicates sources within the supply chain are saying Amazon have already placed an order for a new tablet device.

The manufacturer of the future tablet is said to be Quanta Computers who currently already the tablet OEM partner to Sony.  Of course both Quanta and Amazon have nothing to say on the matter so far.

But up-stream components manufacturers are suggesting quantities of up to 700,000 or 800,000 Kindle tablets might be shipped each month during peak production.

Of course no details have emerged, though it is expected that E-ink Holdings will provide the touch-screen panels and possibly more.  Samsung are still thought to be in frame, perhaps as co-designers of the new tablet itself.

And when is this all likely to happen?  Well the rumours persist that a tablet release date in the 2nd half of 2011 is expected.


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Amazon Tablet Kindle 2011

Rumours have been circulating for the last two years that an Amazon tablet device (probably Kindle branded) is imminent.  Obviously those rumours were a little off the mark, since as of today there is still no such thing as a tablet Kindle. Update 27th Sept saw the release of a Kindle 4, touch-screen Kindle and new Kindle Fire tablet.

Amazon Tablet - Kindle 4th Generation?But, that is not to say that such a device is not on the cards.  There are many reasons to assume that an Android Kindle device is indeed on its way from online giant Amazon:

  • 2009 Amazon purchase TouchCo and integrate them into Lab126, the division where Kindles are born.
  • 2010 Apple release the iPad, and contrary to expectations the tablet revolution kicks off with a bang.
  • 2010 the Nook Color proves a hit, as a budget priced mini tablet/e-reader.  The competition with B&N hots up.
  • 2011 Amazon open their own Android Apps store.
  • 2011 Amazon are recruiting Android experts.
  • 2011 Amazon introduce MP3 store and Cloud Player for Android.
  • 2011 Amazon introduce their Cloud store for all your mobile computing back-ups
  • 2011 Fforester blog that unless an Amazon tablet does appear, no one is going to be able to make a dent in Apple’s iPad sales.
  • 2011 Cheaper Kindles arrive, with the sponsored ads wi-fi Kindle 3, and one day sales on the Kindle DX.  Are they trying to get rid of stock?
  • 2011 a deal with Samsung is rumoured, and an Android Kindle is expected by the summer.
  • May 2011, yet more rumours – this time that a Korean manufacturer has been given an order for 800,000 Amazon tablets per month, starting in the second half of 2011.
  • Sept 2011, amazon finally unveiled their new Kindle Fire. Deliveries begin in November but pre-orders are massive so expect some serious delays if you don’t order pretty quickly!

A lot of this is conjecture of course.  Android experts might just be being recruited to help with the App store.  But even the App store itself could make even more money if an Amazon branded tablet were being sold alongside it.

All the mobile content that Amazon are able to offer suits an Android computer more than any other gadget available today, so why not produce their own?

With Amazon’s ability to offer cut price devices that deliver, and convince us to part with even more cash for content, they could really be a force to be reckoned with if a tablet computer is released.  Particularly this year, because try as everyone else might, no tablets to date have seemed to offer much to compete with Apple’s expensive iPad.  Something from a retailer we trust, that we already have an account with, and know how to order from could open the tablet market up to a much wider audience.

Amazon Tablet Release Date

So when would we get to see an Amazon or Kindle tablet device?  Well August 2011 sounds like a good time for something new to come from the brand.   August last year was when the iconic 3rd generation reader was released, so an annual upgrade could just be in order.

The only snag?  What on earth would they call it; an Amazon Tablet, a Kindle Color or simply the Kindle 4?  Whatever it will certainly be new!

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