Amazon planned to use a switchable screen in its mooted range of Android tablets to allow users to move between an eBook optimised display and one designed for media and day to day tablet functions, it emerged.
According to sources cited by PC Mag, the retailer initially “wanted a screen [for its tablets] that could switch between an easy-to-read black and white E Ink-like display (as featured in the Kindle) and a colour LCD”.
However, that plan was shelved when it emerged that although displays with that functionality are in the works by two suppliers, they won’t be ready until next year.
This has forced Amazon to adopt for a display akin to that featured in the Galaxy Tab and Nook, as it bids to get its slate challengers out later this year to capitalise on the Christmas rush.
The absence of the easy-on-readers’ eyes E-Ink display could be a real blow for Amazon, which is expected to market the device as much on its credentials as an e-reader as its tablet capabilites. It could also drive up cost of the tablets and be unable to produce anywhere near the battery life as users have come to expect from the Kindle lineup.
PC Mag’s sources also disclosed that Amazon’s slates will be available in ten inch and seven inch screen flavours.
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