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 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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