The Amazon tablet is real, and it could hit shelves this year, according to one well-connected blogger. So what would an Amazon tablet mean for the market at large?
The Amazon tablet rumor has been kicking around for months, and for good reason: Amazon is one of the only companies with the marketing might and reach to compete directly with the iPad, which currently dominates the tablet market in the US and abroad. And tech journalists love nothing so much as a horse race. (With all due respect to Samsung, Motorola, and HP, right now, the race is soundly dominated by Apple.)
Today comes some of the most concrete evidence of the Amazon tablet to date: A report from MG Siegler at TechCrunch, who says he's not only seen the Amazon tablet, but he's played with the thing, too. "The device is a 7-inch tablet with a capacitive touch screen. It is multi-touch, but from what I saw, I believe the reports that it relies on a two-finger multi-touch (instead of 10-finger, like the iPad uses) are accurate," Siegler writes.
He claims that the Amazon tablet won't be called the Amazon tablet. Instead, it will be probably be called the Amazon Kindle, allowing Amazon to position the device as the natural successor to the Kindles of yore. But this Kindle will be quite different. "There is no e-ink to be found anywhere on this device," Siegler writes. For price conscious shoppers, the tag should also come as a happy surprise: $250, according to Siegler.