A pretty reliable Taiwanese publication spilled the beans that Amazon is gearing up to launch their inaugural tablet PC driven by Android some time in the August-September time frame, which is the first time market sources have narrowed a possible release date down to a one-month window:
Amazon is poised to step into tablet PCs and will launch models as son as August-September, with targeted global sales of four million units for 2011, according to Taiwan-based component makers.
The timing of launch is to meet the peak sales period prior to Thanksgiving in the US and the year-end holidays in the US and Europe, the sources pointed out.
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.
If Amazon can set its product apart with unique hardware features such as the color e-ink technology or AMOLED display and build upon that with a customized, attractive user interface, tight integration with their content stores (books, songs, movies, apps) and the patented one-click purchase feature, then the Amazon tablet might stand excellent chances of becoming a first-tier tablet vendor and mounting a serious challenge to Apple's iPad.
Amazon will provide streaming movie services for users of its tablet PCs, the sources noted.