Amazon’s 7- and 10-inch tablets $349 and $449 this holiday?

May 23, 2011
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Leaks regarding Amazon's tablet plans continue to trickle out, with the retailer's slates tipped to be priced at $349 for the 7-inch model and $449 for the 10-inch version. PC Mag's info builds on reports from earlier this month suggesting the 7-inch "Coyote" and 10-inch "Hollywood" will use NVIDIA's Tegra 2 and quadcore Tegra T30 "Kal-El" respectively.

According to the sources, the two slates are on track for a release timed for the holidays, though will offer regular LCD displays rather than Amazon's initial preference for dual-mode e-paper/color panels like Qualcomm's mirasol. Those, it's said, won't be ready for the mass market until next year at the earliest (though the mirasol screens will be inside at least one "converged ereader" later in 2011).

The expectation is that, rather than target Apple's iPad 2, Amazon will take on other Android-based tablets with its pair, relying on its ebook and multimedia content catalog, along with its cloud storage and pricing clout, to squeeze out the competition. Samsung has been tipped as Amazon's OEM partner, somewhat ironic given the company also offers its own Galaxy Tab 10.1 Honeycomb slate.


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