Rumor: Amazon to ship over 1 million of its tablets this year?

Apple still blows away all other companies in terms of sales of tablet devices. It seems like most people who want a tablet still want an iPad even if the product doesn't have 4G wireless connections or support for Flash-based web sites. For months there have been rumors that Amazon is looking to follow up the sales success of its e-Reader, the Kindle, with its own tablet device. Now a new report claims that Amazon is gearing up to launch the tablet with over 1 million units planned to ship.

The report comes from the busy Taiwan-based Digitimes web site. It claims that shipments of the unannounced tablet device will be between 1 to 1.2 million units in the current third quarter. According to the story that means that Amazon will ship more units of its tablet than any other company besides Apple and its iPad. By comparison, tablets from HP (TouchPad) Samsung (Galaxy Tab) and RIM (Blackberry Playbook) will only ship between 750,000 and 900,000 in the quarter. Motorola's Xoom will ship even less, around 400,000 a quarter. The story claims that Apple will ship between 14 million and 15 million iPads in the quarter.

There have been lots of rumors about what the Amazon.com tablet will have inside when it is released. Most agree it will have the Android operating system but some have speculated there will be two versions; a smaller one with a dual processor and a larger 10 inch one with Nvidia's upcoming quad-core processor inside.

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