updated 06:55 pm EST, Sat January 7, 2012
Polaroid to take on iPad and Kindle Fire at once
A leak on Saturday has suggested that Polaroid is the next company to try its hand at tablets. Appropriate to the instant photography legacy, a full-size Android tablet seen by Engadget would focus heavily on the camera. It would have both front and rear cameras, but unlike most any other tablet, it would have a flash on the front as well.
A front-facing speaker would itself be unusual.
Following the tablet would be a smaller device likely intended as a color e-reader akin to the Amazon Kindle Fire. Less still is known about what it would involve, although it too is expected to come with Android.
Polaroid in its reborn form has used CES to introduce products before, and it may choose to unveil the tablets at the Las Vegas show next week. Launch details have yet to be uncovered.
The introduction points to a second wave of manufacturers trying their hand at tablets during CES. Dozens of tablets were unveiled last year after the industry was caught off-guard by the iPad. None of those at the 2011 show ever gained enough share to challenge Apple.