Friday, July 8, 2011

Latest Amazon tablet rumor (they all tend to conflict with one another)


The Motley Fool's Rick Munarriz references analyst Bobby Burleson's news the other day, "that Amazon plans to build more than 1.5 million tablets this quarter, with as many as 5 million rolling off the assembly line by the end of the year."

  Munarriz adds, "Amazon can do it. Perhaps more importantly, Amazon can sell each and every one of those tablets."  For the usual reasons we've seen in all the articles on Amazon's ecosystem.
' Burleson's report waxes favorably on NVIDIA (Nasdaq: NVDA) and Atmel (Nasdaq: ATML), as he's hearing that Nvidia's Tegra chip and Atmel's maXTouch touchscreen controller will be part of Amazon's device.

These may both be multi-billion-dollar companies, but playing a key role in what will easily be the market's second most popular tablet by year's end is a needle-moving event. '

(More at the Motley Fool article...)

Below is the ongoing list of earlier blog articles on the many stronger rumors circulating on online gadget news sites about a coming Amazon color LCD tablet or family of tablets (by year end).

ONE rumor has been about a smaller e-Ink Kindle as well, with touch screen, some time during the fall (via David Carnoy at CNet, who's repeated it twice since then).)  Another rumor involves Qualcomm's Mirasol.
Kindleworld ANDROID TABLET blog articles on the larger rumors:

Friday, July 8, 2011
Latest Amazon tablet rumor (they all tend to conflict with one another)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Mirasol color e-paper readers due from someone soon, they say

Friday, July 1, 2011
Apple's boost in orders for touchscreens may stall Amazon tablets

Wednesday, July 22, 2011
Kindle News: Latest Amazon Tablet Rumors - by Aug or Sept

Wednesday, June 15, 2011
RUMOR: Amazon 10" color tablet to offer free streaming video as promo. Updated

Monday, May 16, 2011
Amazon tablet family rumors grow, with 'Coyote' and 'Hollywood' code names

Saturday, May 14, 2011
Amazon's Android Tablet(s) later this year - more on the likely display
with samples of the type of screen resolution we might see

Thursday, May 12, 2011
Jeff Bezos talks about possible Tablet and concerns over adKindles

Thursday, April 21, 2011
Is Samsung building an Android tablet for Amazon?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011
SMALLER E-INK Kindle [possibility] with touchscreen - per David Carnoy

Friday, November 5, 2010
That Amazon Android Tablet May be a Reality - UPDATE

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  1. Spreadsheets such as VisiCalc and later Lotus 123 provided business people with a "gotta have that" rationale for buying the early PCs. The question Amazon faces is discovering what sort of "gotta" it can offer to make its tablet more attractive than an iPad. For Kindles, it's ePaper and an extremely long battery life. A tablet won't have either.

    My best guess would be free streaming movies via WiFi without requiring an Amazon Premier membership, along with a way to attach the tablet to a HD TV. I'm not sure that's enough though. NetFlix has a much better selection, it doesn't cost that much, and you can use your subscription on multiple devices.

    Free cellular browsing and email with the purchase price or at an very low monthly rate would be another option. But Amazon can only make free cellular affordable (for itself) with Kindles because browsing is so clumsy. Given a good color screen and touch UI, it'd sell well for the free access. Quite a few people might drop their disliked computer and broadband altogether for an Amazon tablet. But the resulting cost for cellular usage would probably eat Amazon alive, particularly if people can stream music and video.

  2. They probably need to offer something hardware-wise that others do not at this point in addition to their cloud services. How about a HD "retina" class screen for readability? Or a rugged weather resistant design? A gui and apps that are more child friendly? A built-in wall projector?

    Whatever they do they will do things their way and it is likely going to be killer :-)


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