The Amazon Tablet rumored to be in development just got a massive boost in reality as the online behemoth recently placed a large order for Amazon branded Tablets with Quanta Computers.
Quanta has verified that it is going to start shipping out the Amazon tablets in second quarter of 2011, so it looks like summer time. It seems like they intend to put out almost 700,000 units in the next three to six months, with an order size of around 3.5 billion dollars.
Digitimes recently interviewed sources at Quanta who mentioned that Amazon enjoys robust sales in North America, but fails to penetrate the European and Asian markets. Amazon has been under the gun by management to release an iPad and tablet competitor. In the last six months Amazon has released its own Android App Market and a cloud system for music. These factors will blend into an exclusive service for the Amazon tablet and provide synergy.
The technology will be assembled by Quanta, but includes many component manufacturers popular with e-readers and tablets. E-Ink is confirmed to provide some new screens and Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology.
Michael Kozlowski has written about audiobooks and e-readers for the past twelve years. Newspapers and websites such as the CBC, CNET, Engadget, Huffington Post and the New York Times have picked up his articles. He Lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.