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Amazon has yet to confirm that it’s even working on an Android tablet, but the rumors continue to persist. The latest comes from DigiTimes, which reports that Amazon will offer two tablet models: A 7 inch tablet which should be ready to ship in October and a 10.1 inch version which will go into mass production in the first quarter of 2012.

The report says that Taiwanese original equipment manufacturer Quanta will build the 7 inch tablet for Amazon while the larger version will be handled by Foxconn. Amazon’s popular Kindle eBook readers are also built by Foxconn. It’s not clear why the company would choose a different OEM for its 7 inch tablet.

Amazon’s move into the tablet space would make a lot of sense. The company already has a digital book store, digital music store, digital movie store, and even an app store for Android software. The Kindle is a consumer device that’s tightly tied to Amazon’s digital eBook service, but a tablet would be able to tie into all of Amazon’s digital offerings.



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2 replies on “Amazon’s 7 inch tablet coming this fall, 10 inch model next year?”

  1. I love the speculation.  It makes me giggle.  It’s like Apple news.  Someone who knows someone says they know what’s going on because no one can fact check, boom it’s all over the internet echo chamber, and as each blog repeats the rumor, it seems like it’s more and more likely to be true.

    I actually appreciate the post, don’t get me wrong, especially since I’m interested in seeing if Amazon even has a tablet cooking and what it will be.  It’s just watching the process unfold is hilarious.

    1. You know who also likes to giggle about Amazon tablet speculation? Nate the Ordinary, the editor of the Digital Reader blog.  Of course he engages in plenty of speculation himself, but in this particular case he has already guaranteed there wouldn’t be a tablet, so it is different.

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