Amazon to Release Tablets in August/September
Remember those Amazon tablet rumors – codenamed “Hollywood” and “Coyote” — we wrote about a month ago? Well, it turns out that those rumors could actually come true very soon.
According to Digitimes, Amazon is prepared to launch models as soon as August and September, with global sales of up to 4 million units for 2011 prepared (according to Digitimes’ unnamed source), thus releasing the units before the holiday shopping rush.
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
According to their sources, the tablets will feature processors developed by Texas Instruments (yup, the same makers of your beloved TI-83 calculator), with Taiwan-based Wintek to supply touch panels, ILI Technology to supply LCD driver ICs, and Quanta Computer for the assembly of the tablets. Monthly shipments are also expected to be around 700,000-800,000 units. The tablet-users will also be able to stream movies from Amazon’s services.