Rumor: Amazon to launch 7 inch tablet PC first

Amazon's much rumored but still not officially confirmed tablet PC device may be released in two different versions in two time periods. Digitimes reports that Amazon plans to start shipment of a 7 inch screen-based tablet sometime in October. That will be followed by a larger 10.1 inch tablet which will begin shipping in the first quarter of 2012. The report adds that while the 7 inch tablet is being manufactured by Quanta Computer, the 10.1 inch version is being made by Foxconn, the same company that puts together Apple's popular iPad.

This is not the first time that a company has implemented such a strategy for its tablet launch. Samsung also offers a 7 inch version of its Android-based Galaxy Tab earlier this year before launching a 10.1 version of the tablet later in the summer. Today's article on the Amazon tablet launch did not offer any specific shipping numbers for the 7 inch tablet device. Other rumors claim that the tablet will sell for much less than Apple's iPad.

In related news, The Next Web reports that Amazon is quietly testing out a new design for its web site. The new look is supposed to be an improvement not just for PC web users but also for tablet owners. That has some people speculating that Amazon is getting closer to launching its own tablet PC, which would of course benefit from the new Amazon.com design. The new design reportedly has a less cluttered white and grey user interface.

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