Rumour roundup: Amazon's Android tablet
- 27 September, 2011 14:38
Allegedly called the 'Kindle Fire', Amazon’s upcoming tablet is rumoured to be unveiled in the US on Wednesday.
However, according to reports, the device won’t hit stores until November.
It is believed that the 7-inch tablet will cost around $250 and run version 2.3 of Google's Android operating system. A 10-inch model is slated for 2012.
We've compiled all the latest news and rumours about on Amazon's highly anticipated tablet.
With Amazon's tablet set to debut on Wednesday, we've decided to round up what we know, or think we know, about the new device.
Amazon is expected to unveil its Kindle Tablet at a press event in New York on Wednesday. From what we know so far about the device, it seems like it might be the first tablet rival capable of really competing with the Apple iPad. Based on the size and use of the Kindle brand, though, it is reasonable to wonder whether the Kindle Tablet is a true tablet PC, or just a Kindle with some tablet features.
Amazon's unveiling of a Kindle tablet would shake up the industry and pose one of the biggest threats to the Apple iPad, which is why the technology world has its eyes on the online retailer as it prepares for a media gathering in New York this week ahead of the holiday season.
Online retailer Amazon.com is reportedly redesigning its Web site, which sells everything from books to electronics and handbags, with a focus on supporting tablet computer users.
Amazon's coming tablet could feature an annual library subscription model that would let readers access older books, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. The report said the library content would be available to Amazon's Prime customers, who currently pay $79 a year for unlimited two-day shipping for products purchased on Amazon.com as well as access to digital movies and TV shows on the site.
On September 28, the company will hold a press event in New York City, where it'll likely announce a tablet that's smaller but also much cheaper than Apple's iPad. Although the invitation doesn't say what Amazon will be talking about, the company rarely holds press events for anything other than new Kindle hardware.