Amazon to release an LCD tablet later this year

Amazon's not resting on its laurels with its Kindle. While its low-powered e-ink display makes for an excellent paper-like reading experience, passive e-ink displays are not well equipped for tasks other than reading. Given the rise of tablets, Amazon's first steps was to get their content on there - example being their Kindle app for iOS and Android. The next step for them was to open their own App Store for Android devices. What's missing from this equation? Their own tablet, of course.

That one will be here sometime in the second half of this year. According to DigiTimes (via AppleInsider), Amazon has placed orders with Quanta, a well-known Taiwanese manufacturer of computing hardware for companies such as RIM and Sony. The tablet loses the e-ink display in favour of a LCD screen, and will have fringe field switching technology. The tablet will have an initial order number set at 700,000 to 800,000 units.

No details were released on which operating system it will run. For now, it is expected they will stick to the same Kindle platform, given Amazon's recent call for more developers to also develop for Kindle.

Amazon is reportedly planning to put focus on the tablet in lieu of the Kindle by offering further discounts to attract more demand, especially outside the Kindle's stronghold markets in North America and Europe.

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Sweet! More competition. This time next year there will be a LOT of choices and competition in the tablet market. This is great for consumers and I hope that the innovation keeps on going. The Netbook market kind of bubbled on us and now cutting back because of the drop in demand. I suspect that in a year or two the tablet market will be doing the same as the winners and losers are sorted out.

Well E-Ink Holding have recently announced that the next generation of their Pearl E-Ink displays won't be released until 2012 [with full 'motion capabilities'], so I guess this makes sense, from a business pov. Release a small cost tablet, with access to their pre-existing store(s), and then release the Kindle 4, in 2012.

Just picked up a Kindle for $114.00. When you turn the device off it sets an ad on the display (so you see it when you turn it off and on), and there's banner ads in the menu system (NOT when you're reading).

It also has 'experimental' features, the main being a browser. But, the device is HORRIBLE browsing the web - the slow display and controls the main culprits. I can see how a color touch screen and beefed up processor can address this.

It's AMAZING reading a book on it. The device is extremely light, and the screen is remarkable reading for extended periods of time. It's simple turning pages (and picking up where you left off).

I get lost in the book while reading on an e-ink screen/Kindle. I have Kindle on my new HTC Thunderbolt and iPad 1, and the LCD screen makes it way too difficult to sustain focus for any nominal length of time (10+ minutes).

axebox said,
Just picked up a Kindle for $114.00. When you turn the device off it sets an ad on the display (so you see it when you turn it off and on), and there's banner ads in the menu system (NOT when you're reading).

It also has 'experimental' features, the main being a browser. But, the device is HORRIBLE browsing the web - the slow display and controls the main culprits. I can see how a color touch screen and beefed up processor can address this.

It's AMAZING reading a book on it. The device is extremely light, and the screen is remarkable reading for extended periods of time. It's simple turning pages (and picking up where you left off).

I get lost in the book while reading on an e-ink screen/Kindle. I have Kindle on my new HTC Thunderbolt and iPad 1, and the LCD screen makes it way too difficult to sustain focus for any nominal length of time (10+ minutes).

I don't understand this whole $114 Kindle business... why not just spend $25 more and get the non-ad version?

Also I hope to god they don't discontinue the Kindle for this tablet thingy... reading on LCD is a nightmare.

Brent1700 said,

Also I hope to god they don't discontinue the Kindle for this tablet thingy... reading on LCD is a nightmare.

It appears they won't discontinue it; they'll offer both of the devices side by side. More money for them in any case.

Was wondering when Amazon was going to jump into the fray. Should be interesting to see what they are going to offer; maybe the 10" Kindle with a color screen along with a ramped up OS. Will be waiting with baited breathe.

Pam14160 said,
Was wondering when Amazon was going to jump into the fray. Should be interesting to see what they are going to offer; maybe the 10" Kindle with a color screen along with a ramped up OS. Will be waiting with baited breathe.
The OS is the big question.. Windows, Android, WebOS, some other *nix, or something custom made..

Ryoken said,
The OS is the big question.. Windows, Android, WebOS, some other *nix, or something custom made..

It's obviously going to be Android everyone know this already. The question how good is screen...Digitimes has a pretty crappy track record we will see/