The much anticipated tablet PCs from Amazon were earlier rumored to be ready for their market onslaught by fall of this year. However, while the 7 inch version seems to be sticking to that schedule, its bigger 10 inch cousin has been pushed back until Q1 2012. This has been revealed by upstream component suppliers, Foxconn Electronics, who will be putting together the tablet. Interestingly, Foxconn also manufactures the iPad, which the Amazon tablet is up against.
In another development, there are reports already of a new Amazon site that is reported to have been optimized for viewing on a tablet. The buttons are now bigger to make them easier for touch operation. The site is more slick and neat than the present Amazon homepage, while the color scheme used is white and gray, which does look cool. Amazon, however, still has yet to officially acknowledge the tablet.
Also, there has been no dearth of tablet PCs that started out with bold claims of beating the iPad, though it’s no secret none came even close. The most notable instance has been that of the TouchPad that even got pulled off from the market due to less than expected demand. However, the TouchPad seems to have taught a vital lesson to every tablet manufacturer—that there is always a market for a quality product that is low in cost. Amazon is trying this route of making a dent in the tablet market, and hoping to make up for the low price in the long run by way of content sales, which includes e-books, music, and videos. Amazon should be encouraged by the way the TouchPads got lapped up. So while we know Amazon will try their best to keep initial costs low, it remains to be seen just how low it is going to be. However, it’s almost certain it won’t be $99.