We haven’t heard much recently about the rumored Amazon tablets codenamed Hollywood and Coyote, but that’s because it’s the calm before the storm. The tablets are indeed brewing and new supplier information suggests that Amazon expects to ship as much as 3 million units this fall.
According to Taiwan Economic News, Amazon has already placed orders with contract manufacturer Quanta Computer, which was responsible for RIM’s PlayBook tablet that recently received FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification. This honor will mean increased business from government procurement. Quanta will also be manufacturing Sony’s S1 and S2 tablets.
It’s reported that Quanta’s production line has already begun rolling since July for Amazon, which is demanding 800,000 to 1 million units per month starting from August through October. This falls in line with a previous report that Amazon’s Q3 shipments would be around 1 million. But that would also mean the launch is coming very very soon.
We already know that Amazon’s tablet will be able to take advantage of Amazon’s Prime subscription movie-streaming service, but it will be interesting to see what else Amazon has up its sleeves. The 10-inch Hollywood tablet is rumored to feature a new quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El processor and is expected to be around $449, while the 7-inch Coyote tablet should be $349.