Rumors regarding the release of an Amazon tablet gained credence after a story detailing the speculated device ran in the Wall Street Journal.
Slated for an October release, the Amazon tablet will have a 9-inch screen and run on Google’s Android platform, according to reports. The device won’t have a camera, sources familiar with the product said, and the initial tablet design will be outsourced to an Asian manufacturer. Though, the same source claimed that Amazon is working on another model, of its own design, that could be released next year.
This is not the first whisper of Amazon tablet rumors, as claims were made in May that the Seattle company had two tablets planned before the end of 2011, including one with a quad-core processor. TabletPCReview also ran a story in June alleging the existence of this tablet.
A recent DigiTimes report, which claims Foxconn Electronics has received orders for 10.1-inch PCs from Amazon, with shipments set for 2012, and that Quanta Computer has begun shipping a 7.1-inch model, poses conflicting information to the estimated 9-inch screen reported by the Wall Street Journal.
While Amazon will face competition from Apple, HP and other Android devices in the tabletsphere, the company is well suited to succeed. Amazon already has an ample digital-content store, in addition to offering movie rentals, eBooks, magazines, streaming services and an Android app market. Its recent establishment as a cloud storage provider could also aid in Amazon’s tablet sales.
Amazon could be following in the footststeps of eBook-selling rival Barnes & Noble, which has a tablet on the market in the NOOK Color, in addition to an eInk-based eReader.