Component manufacturers may have spilled the beans on the tablet computers that Amazon.com is expected to release later this year, giving the company an iPad-like gadget to sell alongside its Kindle.
The devices will launch in August or September, in time for the Black Friday holiday sales kickoff after Thanksgiving, according to a report from Taiwan’s DigiTimes.
Amazon’s device will be assembled by Quanta Computer and have processors from Texas Instruments, touch panels from Wintek, LCD drivers from ILI Technology, according to the report.
It said 700,000 to 800,000 units are expected to ship per month and noted that the device will play movies streamed by Amazon.
I’ve asked for comment from the company next door but haven’t heard back yet. Most likely it will decline to say anything at this point.
Speculation about Amazon producing an Android-based tablet has increased since the company began operating an Android app store in March.
In Monday’s column, I wrote about how Amazon is likely to take a path similar to Barnes & Noble, which started out trying to add computer-like features to its first e-reader but has now decided on a two-tiered approach with its Nook, offering a low-end black and white model and a higher-end color version that’s morphed into an Android tablet.