updated 01:30 pm EDT, Fri September 23, 2011
Amazon Kindle tablet unveiled in NYC next week
Amazon on Friday sent out invitations to a press conference on September 28. The New York City event has no description but is presumed to be for the Kindle tablet. The slate is presumed to be shipping in October.
The tablet isn't believed to be a direct competitor to the iPad out of a deliberately low-cost design that would sit at $250. Like the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, however, it should run Android and have access to some tablet features. Amazon's multiple services will almost certainly lead to it using the Amazon Appstore and an Instant Video app, as well as possible Cloud Player. Other basic roles, like e-mail, might also come about.
If accurate, the slate may be stuck on Android 2.1 and could miss out on underlying OS features that the Nook Color supports. It may also use an older single-core processor and go without cameras.
Even with the choices, the design may still be Android's best opportunity at success in a tablet design simply through volume. Millions of models are unofficially expected to ship starting from October where many of those using Android 3 may ship less than a million at best during the same period.