Amazon is supposedly launching a tablet in the next sixty days. The tablet, which will be a direct competitor to the iPad, is supposed to tie in with the Amazon ecosystem – music, movies, books, cloud storage, and possibly their store – in order to tackle the iPad in a way that no tablet has yet done.
This is out of DigiTimes, that semi-reliable Taiwanese publication that has a history of throwing out enough rumors in order to get at least one right. They state that their sources are the component manufacturers themselves, and that the timing of manufacturing ramping up is supposed to coincide with peak buying times, like the Holiday season.
Amazon adopts processors developed by Texas Instruments, with Taiwan-based Wintek to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs and Quanta Computer responsible for assembly, the sources indicated. Monthly shipments are expected to be 700,000-800,000 units.
700,000-800,000 units per month is a big number, especially for a market that Android tablets (as this one will likely be) are having a hard time conquering. The problem extends beyond Android, though, with RIM slashing PlayBook sale forecasts by up to two-thirds.
If anyone can take Apple in terms of marketing, experience, ecosystem, and availability, it’d be Amazon.