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.