Amazon Kindle Tablet – Kindle Tablet in November

There are now claims that people have played with the Amazon Kindle Tablet and that –

  1. 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.
  2. It has a 7″ color touchscreen.
  3. It will be priced at $250.
  4. 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.
  5. Kindle Tablet is already in testing at Amazon and might be entering production soon.
  6. It’s slated for an end of November release.
  7. 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 –

  1. The UI is Kindle themed with black, dark blue, and orange.
  2. There is no hint of Google at all.
  3. Main Screen is a cover flow like interface.
  4. It’s integrated with all of Amazon’s services such as Amazon MP3s and Amazon Movies.
  5. The book reader is similar to Kindle for Android.
  6. Amazon’s Android App Store is on there.
  7. 6 GB of internal storage
  8. WiFi-only.
  9. A micro-USB port.
  10. No Camera.
  11. 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.

17 thoughts on “Amazon Kindle Tablet – Kindle Tablet in November”

  1. Damn, I want this. Finally a tablet that isn’t $5-$800 and is NOT an iPad. Are there pics? Are there even concept pics??


    Could this be considered “Kindle 4”? I’m still using K2 and love every second of it.

  2. Sounds exciting, should have a camera though.
    Wondering if the free Prime subscription can be added to an already existing one and extend it for another year?

    Thanks for letting us know. I was in the B&N store a couple months ago fondling the Nook, but it seemed a bit heavy, I wonder what the weight on the Kindle Tab will be?

  3. There is no real way for a cheap Kindle Tablet to compete with, let alone challenge, iPad 2/3. After there’s been some success in the market, that might work, but not yet. However, Nook Colour is very much a viable target, and as a bonus it’s their natural enemy, rather than something completely different.

  4. If true, this is disappointing. I was hoping for something that could be used as a follow on to my KDX (I have a ton of PDFs which do best on larger screens as PDFs are not reflowable). I had hoped they would go after the technical/educational/professional market rather than the mass market. Oh well …

    I guess I’ll wait till 2012 to see what the retina display iPad3 looks like — also the new Intel trigate chips will be appearing in Ultrabooks, and tablets — I’ll look at those as well.

    1. Another thought: this really isn’t a tablet at all — it’s a color kindle EBR designed to compete with the Nook color. Given that, a price point merely matching that of the Nook color is underwhelming. Adding free Prime, and other “content” deals might, however, do the trick — at least that leverages Amazon’s content and distribution strengths.

  5. Wi-Fi only? 🙁 We travel internationally for 3-4 months out of the year. I was hopeing it would be both the 3G and Wi-Fi as often Wi-Fi is not available. Too bad. Guess I wont be upgrading.

  6. Too bad they are releasing it so late. Some people plan their Christmas purchases before Thanksgiving, and then you have to worry about the supply of them available and how long it’ll take to get them. P.S., switch11, your humor is great!

    1. Thanks Pam. Yes, November is too late. If they release early October it gives us a chance to decide. Now I don’t know whether to get my sister a new Nook Color 2 or wait to see what Kindle Tablet will be like. And chances are one or both will sell out well before Christmas.

  7. Will it be heavier (weigh more) than Kindle 3? Why do people share this update and not mention basics: weight. This is so important.

    1. It seems that he didn’t get a chance to look at specs – someone just let him play with one for a little bit so he couldn’t measure weight. Size wise it seems to be like Nook Color. So bigger than Kindle 3 but a 7″ screen so much more compact than 10# Tablets like iPad and Touchpad.

  8. Even though it runs Android, if I’m honest I don’t think it stands to beat, or even come close to the iPad. The iPad just has something no other tablet has. The lower price point might appeal to some people, but to be honest it’s still not cheap. I’d have to see it properly though, and in a few months time I might have to completely eat my words!

  9. Rather underwhelmed. It took this long to come out with a backlit screen to compete against the Nook Color?

    I think they should have the larger iPad competitor out for this holilday season.

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