Amazon execs haven’t officially come out and said that the company is working on an Android tablet. But there’s growing evidence that a line of Amazon tablets could launch later this year. CEO Jeff Bezos told Consumer Reports to “stay tuned” for more details recently, which is pretty far from a denial. Last week Boy Genius Report, which has some pretty reliable tipsters, reported that Amazon could be working on two tablets — at least one of which would use an NVIDIA T30 Kal-El quad-core processor. And now PC Magazine has even more details… or rumors.
According to PC Mag, Amazon will offer 10 and 7 inch tablets in time for the holidays. At least one will have NVIDIA”s quad-core chip. Both will run Google Android. And according to the rumor, the 10 inch model may have a dual mode display which lets you toggle between full color mode and high contrast black and white mode. The advantages to the high contrast mode would presumably be lower power consumption and better outdoor visibility.
There are a couple of companies working on sunlight readable displays at the moment, but the description of a dual-mode LCD based screen sure sounds a lot like Pixel Qi technology. PC Magazine’s sources also say the primary reason Amazon is going with a 10 inch screen is because the technology to mass produce a 7 inch model won’t be available for another year or two. While Pixel Qi is already showing off a 7 inch, 1024 x 600 pixel display, it’s not clear what kind of quantities they can be produced in… although maybe this means Amazon isn’t using Pixel Qi.