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Rumor Has It: Amazon Android Tablets by Year’s End

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If you’re a fan of tablets or the Kindle, you may want to postpone purchasing one until the end of the year.  Why?  Because Amazon is planning on releasing two Android tablets at some point in the second half of 2011.

Amazon Tablet

Amazon Tablet?

According to PCWorld, Amazon will be releasing an “entry-level” tablet, codenamed “Coyote,” which will be based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 Program and so will pack a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 chip, according to Boy Genius Report.  The other tablet, known as “Hollywood” will be based on the NVIDIA T30 “Kal-El,” which will pack a quad-core processor with a 500 percent performance increase over the Tegra 2.  Unfortunately, no information of screen sizes has been given yet.

It is also unknown as to which version of Android the two tablets will run but Amazon may well use a highly customizable experience like Barnes & Nobles NOOK Color, but will integrate with Amazon’s own services, according to gdgt,.  This integration would let Amazon charge less for the tablets.

NOOK Color

NOOK Color

Rumors of Amazon’s hand at Android-based tablets have been circulating for the past few months especially after the announcement of their Android-friendly services, which includes an app store for the Android.  For a time, Amazon was giving away Angry Birds Rio edition to Android users for free (it’s now up for $0.99).

According to PCWorld, the Amazon’s tablets integration with Amazon’s own digital retail business, may become a worthy opponent to Apple’s iPad 2 and iTunes.  This is because Amazon is also able to provide a music store, movies and television rentals and purchases, the newly integrated Cloud Drive and Cloud Player, as well as e-books through the Kindle store.

iPad 2

iPad 2

As no price has been announced yet, Amazon should price the tablets at no more than $250 in order to compete with other tablets, namely the NOOK color, currently priced at $249 and the iPad, currently priced at $499 for the 16GB Wi-Fi only model. (gdgt)

For Kindle lovers and owners, don’t be discouraged.  Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos made it clear in a Consumer Reports interview that the tablets would not replace the Kindle.  “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” Bezos said.


What do you think?   Are you excited for Amazon’s tablets?

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