The much-rumoured Android tablet from Amazon will land in October, it has been claimed, as the retailer eyes a repeat of the Christmas gift market lockdown it enjoyed with the Kindle e-reader.
The mooted launch date for the slate, which was reportedly leaked to the Wall Street Journal, promises to worsen already strained relationship between iPad maker Apple and Amazon by ramping up competition in the crucial festive market. The companies are currently embroiled in a courtroom battle over the use of the latter’s use of the term ‘app store’.
Details of Amazon’s device are thin on the ground, but the mooted release window suggests it will launch with the latest 3.1 version of Android (aka Honeycomb) out of the box.
WSJ’s insider sources claim the tablet also pack a display in the region of nine inches, but, unlike pretty much every other slate on the market, will not pack a camera.
Earlier rumours in the tech press suggest that Amazon could even drop two Android slates in months to come. These are widely expected to be a premium product and a cheaper model with stripped down functionality, both of which will feature a switch that enables users to switch between an E-ink e-reader-style screen and a standard tablet display.
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