Amazon tablet and new Kindles coming in October?

Amazon's entry into the tablet market will also be joined by two new versions of its Kindle e-reader, at least according to the latest Internet rumor: The Wall Street Journal reports via unnamed sources that the Amazon tablet and the new editions of the Kindle should be released in October. The tablet itself will have a nine-inch touch screen and run on the Android operating system, according to the story.

The two new versions of the Kindle will still have black and white screens. One will simply be an "improved" version of the current Kindle device, but the article doesn't got into detail on how it will be improved. The other version of the Kindle will have a touch screen. That should make the device similar to the Nook Color, the recently launched e-reader from book seller Barnes and Noble that reportedly is now outselling the Kindle. Pricing for the Amazon tablet and the two new Kindle products were not mentioned in the report

In related news Amazon.com has now offered yet another version of its current Kindle device. It has a lowered price version of the Kindle with included free 3G wireless access for $139. The catch is that you have to deal with ads and "special offers" that are displayed on the bottom of the Kindle's screen. This is similar to the non-3G version that also offers ads for $114. You can still purchase the non-ad filled version of the Kindle 3G for $189.

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i have really wanted them to make a cheap 9-10 inch kindle.. the one right now for 350 bucks is too much.. I would love to have one to look at PDF's how they would look on a normal screen especially if you are in university cause it could replace all your textbooks and not hurt your eyes as much when studying for hours.

The other version of the Kindle will have a touch screen. That should make the device similar to the Nook Color

The only similarity, is that - if true, they'd both be touch screens. The Nook Color uses an LCD display, compared to the Kindles E-Ink.

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My theory: They'll 'retire' the Kindle DX [the one Lachlan alluded to], release a colour tablet with some kinda 'interesting' display tech - it won't be colour E-Ink [which'll be used in the Kindle 4, next year] but I do think they'll opt for something other than a standard display.

Speaking of Kindles I can see the Ad-Supported Wi-Fi version dropping below $100. As for this 'touch screen' version - the only way I'd consider getting one [I already own the standard Wi-Fi version of the Kindle 3], would be if they retain physical next / back keys. Removing the Keyboard, I could live with, but they gotta keep the physical next / back keys.

Edit: As for other improvements - I think you'll find Amazon will also be announcing ePub support for the Kindle around this time.

Dark_ph0enix said,
The only similarity, is that - if true, they'd both be touch screens. The Nook Color uses an LCD display, compared to the Kindles E-Ink.

Nook used e-ink. Nook color is LCD.
Kindle used e-ink. Kindle "touch " will use .... ?

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