Amazon to unveil tablet this Wednesday?
Speculation mounts about Android-based device
TechLife | 26 Sep 2011 :
Amazon.com sent out invitations to a press event in New York City next Wednesday for what could be the unveiling of the online reailer's long-expected tablet computer.
The e-mailed invitation to reporters gave a time, a date and a location and the simple phrase: "Please join us for an Amazon.com press conference." Amazon.com wouldn't comment on the nature of the event, but given the timing, it seems likely to be the unveiling of an Amazon's Android tablet news, or possibly a new 7". and 10". Kindle e-reader.
Amazon's expected Android tablet is expected to mount a strong challenge to Apple's iPad, partly because its price tag is said to be less than $300, well below the $499 starting price of Apple's popular device.
Still, the iPad holds more than 70% of the tablet market, according to Gartner, a hard lead to break.
Blog TechCrunch reported on 2 September that it had a chance to handle and use a pre-release version of the Amazon table. The online news site said the Android-based device has a full-color 7". touchscreen device, and will be priced at $250.
The TechCrunch reviewer said it looked very similar to the Research in Motion's BlackBerry PlayBook.
The reviewer also confirmed the expectations of analysts who have said the device will be back-lit and is not an e-ink device like the Kindle e-readers.
Many reports have suggested that the announcement of the Amazon tablet would come in October, and that the device would be available in November. Amazon.com now seems to be speeding up that expected schedule.
IDG News Service