There are now claims that people have played with the Amazon Kindle Tablet and that –
- It’s called ‘Amazon Kindle’. Which would be a very smart decision. Amazon wanted to go with 7″ Resplendent, Feels Fantastic Touch Screen with Magical & Revolutionary Wireless and Something from Google that is Free as long as you sign away your Soul – unfortunately, that got rejected because Apple has the copyright on using Words that create Emotions to Market Devices.
- It has a 7″ color touchscreen.
- It will be priced at $250.
- It uses Android but has a custom version and has kept Google’s ‘let me carry your books for you, no strings attached’ hands off of it.
- Kindle Tablet is already in testing at Amazon and might be entering production soon.
- It’s slated for an end of November release.
- It’s aimed at Nook Color rather than at iPad.
MG Siegler, who has found some time to stop prostrating himself at the shrine of Apple, writes about the Amazon Kindle Tablet at TechCrunch –
How do I know all of this? Well, not only have I heard about the device, I’ve seen it and used it. And I’m happy to report that it’s going to be a big deal. Huge, potentially.
This will be the first Kindle with a full-color screen. And yes, it is back-lit. There is no e-ink to be found anywhere on this device.
Now they’re betting everything on the 7-inch. If it’s a hit, they will release the more expensive 10-inch tablet in Q1 2012.
He claims lots of other interesting things –
- The UI is Kindle themed with black, dark blue, and orange.
- There is no hint of Google at all.
- Main Screen is a cover flow like interface.
- It’s integrated with all of Amazon’s services such as Amazon MP3s and Amazon Movies.
- The book reader is similar to Kindle for Android.
- Amazon’s Android App Store is on there.
- 6 GB of internal storage
- A micro-USB port.
- No Camera.
- Buyers will get a free subscription to Amazon Prime.
The final claim, and perhaps the most interesting one, is that Amazon is also working on a multi-touch screen/eInk hybrid Tablet.
Amazon Kindle Tablet – finally a name that’s simple and sweet. Very interesting that Kindle Tablet will be aimed at Nook Color 2 (there are rumors that Nook Color 2 will launch by end of September) and not at the iPad.