New information emanating from China and Taiwan point out there might be about 3 million Amazon tablets for the taking during fall. Production at Quanta Computers Inc. is already on at full steam and it has been so since the beginning of July, with production figures pointing out eight hundred thousand to a million of the Amazon tablets being churned out on a monthly basis. Also, that’s the rate that will be maintained until October, which makes almost 3 million of the Amazon tablets during fall. We have earlier heard of Amazon developing 10 and 7 inch sized tablets codenamed Hollywood and Coyote respectively and it’s not known in what proportions the tablets are being produced right now.
However, if this is indeed true then it will also prove early rumors of Amazon targeting a sales figure of a million tablets during Q3. That the tablet isn’t too far off from a formal launch also seems imminent. Incidentally, Quanta Computer has also been contracted by RIM and Sony to manufacture the PlayBook and the S1 and S2 tablets respectively.
Also with the Amazon tablets, clearly one of the strategies being adopted by the online retailer is to use low initial cost to push into market a sizable number of tablet PCs while using the application software channel to carve out profits steadily. For this, Amazon is reported to have abandoned several tablet features such as integrated cameras along with limits for on-board storage and accessories, and is instead focusing on a simplistic tablet PC that will have the cost advantage against many if its big ticket rivals. In any case, the time seems ripe for the Amazon tablet to take center stage.