Amazon to rival iPad with its own ‘Kindle tablet’ this summer?

6th May 2011

The tablet computer is set to challenge the hugely popular iPad, and shipping could start as soon as the second half of the year.

Reports – from the usually reliable DigiTimes – claim Taiwan-based Quanta Computer has received an order from Amazon to build its tablet PC, with around 80,000 units set to be sold in the first release.

Quanta already manufactures the BlackBerry PlayBook and is also reported to be building new tablets for Sony.

All clues point to Amazon’s tablet using Google’s operating system Android, after the successful launch of Amazon’s new Android app store in the US last month.

Commenting on the rumours, the Daily Telegraph quote Adam Leach of Ovum as saying: ‘The combination of a strong brand and loyal customers with content they could sell would make it an attractive prospect.

‘The Amazon Music Store and books would be compelling and unique.’

There has yet to be any word from Amazon confirming the rumours or the suggestions that Kindle prices may drop as a result of the new tablet.