What’s Up With the Amazon Android Tablet?

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There is so much smoke surrounding the Amazon tablet that it’s wise to think this fire is for real.  However, until recently much of the speculation surrounding the device has centered on Amazon’s public moves and executive’s comments, not solid spec leaks.

That changed last night when word leaked that Amazon is lining up two Android tablet devices that it plans to release before the end of the year. Those devices have been codenamed “Coyote” and “Hollywood.”

According to BGR, which broke the story, Coyote will be the lesser of the two, and will sport a Nvidia dual-core processor. Hollywood is slated to be a more powerful tablet, and it will have the quad-core Nvidia T30 “Kal El” chipset.

Quad-Core Could Be Ready
Nvidia execs have mentioned in conversations with TabletPCReview that quad-core chips will be in commercially available tablets by December. According to a leaked Tegra product road map, the Tegra 3 T30 could be available as early as fall 2011. It will features 3x faster graphics compared to Tegra 2,  1.5GHz speed, and support for Blu-ray video as well as 1920 x 1200 displays.

Speculation surrounding the Amazon tablet piqued last week when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told Consumer Reports to “Stay tuned” in regards to his company’s tablet plans.

Amazon has recently laid down the groundwork for a tablet device, launching both an Android app store and Amazon Cloud Drive offering 5GB of free online storage and more for purchase. The company already has a large music and video digital library, in addition to a complete selection of eBooks.

Last month, rumors emerged suggesting Samsung will be making the Amazon tablet.



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