Amazon’s 10-inch Tablet may not ship until 2012

Aug 31, 2011
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Amazon is rumored to debut two tablets this fall, but a new report from the supply side suggests that only one of the tablets will make its way to market before year-end. According to DigiTimes, mass production on Amazon's larger 10.1-inch tablet will not begin until the first quarter of 2012.

The 10.1-inch Amazon tablet is believed to be codenamed "Hollywood" and will sport a quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El processor, which may end up being called the Tegra 3. It's expected to be manufactured by Foxconn, the same factory that produces the Kindle as well as Apple's iPad. Amazon's tablet has been considered a potential iPad-killer with Amazon's ecosystem of ebooks, movies, and music services, a strong distribution channel, and aggressive pricing advantage.

Amazon's 7-inch tablet is still expected to ship starting this October but it will be supplied by Quanta instead. This smaller tablet is codenamed "Coyote" and is deemed more as a "Super-Kindle." It's seen to be going head to head against Barnes & Noble's NOOK Color. Pricing for the device is rumored to be "hundreds less" than the iPad, suggest that the price point would have to be at least under $299. If priced right without any kinks in the supply chain, analysts believe that Amazon could easily sell as much as 5 million units this fall.


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