Very specific details regarding the highly anticipated Amazon tablet have emerged, and they confirm what many had already assumed: that the Amazon Android tablet will be Amazon’s answer to the Barnes & Noble Nook Color.
TechCrunch’s MG Siegler claims to have actually used the device, which he describes as being very similar to the seven-inch BlackBerry PlayBook in design, complete with rubberized back and nearly buttonless build. The Android tablet will reportedly have a two-finger multitouch backlit LCD, unlike the iPad’s ten-finger multitouch display, and will run a highly customized version of Android with an Amazon and Kindle flavor.
Just like the Nook Color, the tablet will cost $250 and will be high integrated with Amazon’s eBook, video, music, and app store. There is no Android Market on board, or Android anything. The OS is Android in name only, and does not resemble the stock builds that have appeared on some smartphones and tablets. There will be no Google apps on board, though the Amazon tablet will have a browser. There will be a microUSB port on the tablet, as well as speakers.
The Amazon Kindle as it may be called, could be released as soon as November, with a 10-inch tablet to follow in Q1 2012. While the report could not confirm internal specs, the writer speculated that the seven-inch Amazon Kindle will have a single-core processor and 6GB of storage, while the ten-inch will have a dual-core chip. This device will be heavily focused on the cloud and will ship with only Wi-Fi support, though Amazon is working with carriers for a 3G version.
Amazon plans to heavily promote the device and offer a free Amazon Prime account with purchase. The service regularly costs $79 a year and it offers free two-day shipping on select products.
Amazon is also reportedly still support the eInk Kindle, though is turning its attention to the tablet for the time being.