Amazon Will Finally Go To War With The iPad In August [Kindle Tablet]

Amazon Will Finally Go To War With The iPad In August [Kindle Tablet]

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We’ve written how Amazon plans to challenge Apple’s iPad with its own Android-based tablet. New details indicate the devices will appear as soon as September, in time for the important U.S. holiday buying period.

The e-book maker plans to sell 4 million tablets in 2011, shipping between 700,000-800,000 units per month, industry publication DigiTimes reports, citing unnamed “Taiwan-based component makers.” The tablet will use Texas Instrument processors, with Wintek providing touch panels and Quanta Computer assembling the who package.

Earlier leaks indicate the Kindle-maker will offer to tablet versions: a 7-inch device codenamed “Coyote” for $349 and a 10-inch model for $449. Amazon will provide “streaming movies services” for its tablet users, according to today’s report. The Internet retailer recently was ranked just behind Apple in online video sales.

  • Chris Brunner

    Good luck to ‘em. 7-inch tablets aren’t doing so hot right now. The iPad is the perfect size for a tablet and now that it isn’t “tied” to a PC or Mac, it’ll be even tougher to compete with.

    -Chris
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  • Robrt

    I hope it goes well for Amazon. As much as I love my iPad, competition is always good for the consumer, and until now, Apple absolutely owns every other tech company tablet-wise.

  • ralphtweety

    Believe it or not – if anyone can do it just might be Kindle that ends up giving iPad a real race.  For starters Amazon isn’t just bonking us on the head with a new product, they have an established and growing [not as fast as the iPad] community of users.  I have one eyebrow raised…

  • Mike Rathjen

    Spot-on. I plan on getting an iPad whenever they get around to a higher resolution, but I still wish success for Amazon. Competition is good for consumers.

  • CollegiateLad

    I remember when the Xoom was supposed to take the iPad to war. How many tablets does it take to come remotely close?

  • Bluelou65

    I’m most intrigued by apple’s patent on the hybrid screen that would display both e-ink and LCD; i love the iPad 2 but i would def upgrade if they ever pulled that off.

  • imapp

    This is going to be the real challenger to iPAD due to the following reasons:
    - The ecosystem Amazon has built where uses can buy books, music, movies and apps
    - Pedigree of the Kindle ereader device
    - Millions of existing Kindle users who may want to upgrade and have not jumped into iPAD
     

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