To be fair, DigiTimes Systems' predictions have been fairly accurate -- where they've tended to fall short is in over-optimistic delivery dates. And this one is about an earlier than expected delivery date.
I imagine they go by scheduled and estimated factory ship-dates and then assume the products will be ready to be shipped to customers immediately when some serious q&a would still have to be done.
This story has been in my Google reader for a few days and I missed seeing it.
Digitimes' Ninelu Tu and Steve Shen report, on Sept. 30, some fairly 'soft' news, that:
' Amazon is expected to outsource the production of 10.1-inch tablet PCs to Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry), and shipments of the 10.1-inch tablets are likely to begin before year-end 2011 for holiday-season demand, according to industry sources. Foxconn declined to comment on market reports. '
While I wouldn't be surprised that Amazon might have more up its sleeve for the coming holidays, I think it would confuse the buyers. There is also the danger that if they said anything like this MIGHT be coming, that would cause customers to hesitate on the 7" although I hear and read often that people are attracted to the smaller ones after having used 10" ones and found the larger ones were too awkward to carry around outside the home, for pleasure at least. They'd certainly be fine in briefcases. And the pricing on smaller screens is definitely going to be more attractive on a new product when gift-giving is a focus in this economy.
There's no description whatsoever of the expected product to be shipped, so this one seems a bit shaky to me. Any source who knows of imminent shipments would have and would give more of an idea of what would be shipped other than its conventional screen size.
But I felt I should blog it, nevertheless.
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