Analyst: Amazon could sell up to 5 million tablets in 2011

Amazon is expected to announce some kind of tablet PC device before the end of the year and one analyst is already predicting that the retailer could sell a boatload of those products before the end of the year. A new report from Forrester Research predicts that Amazon could sell "3 million to 5 million units in Q4 alone." If that happens Amazon could become the biggest competitor to Apple's iPad in the tablet space.

Amazon is expected to use Google's Android operating system for its tablet. Forrester predicts, "Apple will maintain a strong lead in market share, but Amazon will gain ground quickly and give product strategists from media, software, retail, banking, and other firms a reason to kick app development for Android tablets into high gear." So far Android based tablets such as the Motorola Xoom and the Samsung Galaxy Tab haven't made much of a dent in slowing down sales of the iPad.

Of course, this report has two big assumptions for its sales predictions. One of them is that Amazon's tablet will launch at the right price. One rumor about the tablet says that Amazon will price it at hundreds less than the iPad. The other assumption in the report is that Amazon will be able to supply enough tablets to meet the expected demand. As we have seen with the iPad, if demand is high enough it might cause issues with being able to fulfill all of the sales orders. Amazon has not commented on this new report.

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So, another Nook Color. Ooooh boy! And since Google won't completely release the Honeycomb source code, CM7 will about the best that will be done as far as rooting.

But yeah, it will sell like hotcakes, I'm sure. Although I don't agree with the 3-5 million number given by this particular analyst. Not unless these things are priced at $99, which I doubt.

If it is run by Android, I wonder if this will be a branch of Android with no google components, I would imagine Amazon will produce a locked down tablet with their own market, kindle app and other apps that link to their various services rather then a tablet with stock android like from current suppliers Samsung and Motorolla

evo_spook said,
If it is run by Android, I wonder if this will be a branch of Android with no google components, I would imagine Amazon will produce a locked down tablet with their own market, kindle app and other apps that link to their various services rather then a tablet with stock android like from current suppliers Samsung and Motorolla

That is correct. Most likely it will not come with the Android Market and any other Google Apps (Gmail, YouTube, Maps, etc...). I don't know about you but if this thing is not easily hacked, I wouldn't want it if it is missing key Google apps. But I'm sure if it is cheap enough and advertised on Amazon, people will buy it.

evo_spook said,
If it is run by Android, I wonder if this will be a branch of Android with no google components, I would imagine Amazon will produce a locked down tablet with their own market, kindle app and other apps that link to their various services rather then a tablet with stock android like from current suppliers Samsung and Motorolla

Yeah, I've been arguing same, at the very least I would expect Amazon to preinstall all their Apps, replacing Google defaults where appropriate (Market with Appstore, Music with Cloud Player, etc.). Gmail, Maps... ought be safe though.

thommcg said,

Yeah, I've been arguing same, at the very least I would expect Amazon to preinstall all their Apps, replacing Google defaults where appropriate (Market with Appstore, Music with Cloud Player, etc.). Gmail, Maps... ought be safe though.

Not sure on the last, Android is OS and free, until you add the google apps, then you pay and are restricted by Google to meet certain requirements. Really, its either all or nothing.

Wow, those are some very optimistic numbers. Their was no argument whether it will be a success or not, but 5 million in 3 months is. . . . . . awesome!