Sep 032011

AmazonThe rumours about Amazon building a 7-inch Android tablet are completely true, according to TechCrunch who reports having seen and used the device. Its conclusion: “It’s going to be a big deal.”

While TechCrunch does not have any pictures, it does have quite a bit of information about it:

  • Processor: Single-core
  • Operating system: Customized version of Android
  • Cellular connectivity: None (although a 3G model could follow later)
  • Other connectivity: Wi-Fi
  • Display: 7-inch backlit (no e-ink display)
  • Input: Capacitive touchscreen with two-finger multi-touch
  • Storage: 6GB internal / Rumoured additional cloud storage
  • Rear-facing camera: None
  • Front-facing camera: None
  • Connectors: micro-USB port

Of note is the suggestion that the processor will be single-core rather than dual-core as suggested by earlier rumours. TechCrunch also indicates that the larger 10-inch model, pushed out to 2012 as Amazon focuses on the 7-inch model and gauges its succcess) will have a dual-core processor rather than the quad-core NVIDIA Kal-El.

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Aug 312011

AmazonAmazon had been hoping to have its 10.1-inch Kal-El-powered Android tablet (codenamed Hollywood) out by the end of the year but that now appears unlikely. Citing “sources from upstream component suppliers,” Digitimes is indicating that Foxconn Electronics will not start production until Q1 2012.

If this is the case, Amazon may not be able to offer the tablet until late Q1 or Q2 2012 at which time it may find itself competing against a new iPad.

Amazon’s smaller 7-inch tablet (codenamed Coyote), manufactured by Quanta Computer, appears to be on track to begin shipping in October.

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