Amazon to Launch it’s Android Tablet Late Summer?

There is some interesting news this morning about the heavily rumored and worst kept secret in the Android world, namely the tablet device that Amazon is working on to compliment it’s Android app store.  According to an article over at Digitimes, the Taiwan based component makers for said tablet are leaking that the units will start shipping in late August early September.  Along with the ship date leak, it seems that the sources are confirming that the Amazon device will offer video streaming services from it’s vast library of movies.  Check out the text from the article after the break.  I have to admit, I am pretty excited to see this tablet get released, here is to hoping that it is priced in the right space!
The info from the Digitimes piece:

Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as son as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.

The timing of launch is to meet the peak sales period prior to Thanksgiving in the US and the year-end holidays in the US and Europe, the sources pointed out.

Amazon adopts processors developed by Texas Instruments, with Taiwan-based Wintek to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs and Quanta Computer responsible for assembly, the sources indicated. Monthly shipments are expected to be 700,000-800,000 units.

Amazon will provide streaming movie services for users of its tablet PCs, the sources noted.

  • More than just using their app store, Amazon’s “kPad” will be the gateway to their entire ecosystem. I’d expect some very competitive pricing on content bundles to build surprisingly large market share very quickly

  • Anonymous

    This is what I’m currently holding out for. Amazon, not Google, is Apple’s biggest competition in the mobile market because they have the eco-system and installed user base to actually drive significant content sales, which allows them to partially subsidize the cost of the hardware. This is why Apple is able to maintain such competitive pricing with the iPad, and its why all other manufacturers are struggling to create a really high quality tablet for the same price as the iPad.

    Amazon has a very fine line to walk here by maintaining the openness of  Android while also creating a somewhat enclosed content ecosystem which is a big part of the reason Apple is able to provide the seamless user experience that it does.

    It will be interesting to see what happens, but Amazon is one of my favorite companies and I really like what they have been doing up to this point. They were flying under the radar for a while, but have emerged in the last several months as a major player.

  • Rev