Rumor: Upcoming Amazon tablet to have dual screens?

Amazon's entry into the tablet business seems all but confirmed at this point but rumors about what the tablet will actually be like seem to change nearly daily. The latest such rumor comes from the Zatz Not Funny web site. The rumor comes from "a friend of the site" who claims to have learned new details about the tablet from an unnamed but "highly placed Amazon employee." This new rumor claims that the tablet product will in fact have dual screens.

The story claims that one screen will have a color LCD while the other will feature an e-ink screen similar to Amazon's Kindle e-Reader. The two screens will be front and back, a la the Nintendo DS console, rather than a stacked format or a dual mode screen. The tablet is also supposed to "incorporates a clever case design that keeps the screens protected". The story repeats other rumors that Amazon's upcoming tablet will contain the Android operating system.

The story adds that while the tablet was in fact supposed to start shipping this month issues with shortages in the tablet's displays have delayed the launch of the tablet into August. The story does not mention pricing for the tablet.

If true this product will be an equal mix of an e-reader with a tablet. Amazon may need some help in regaining the lead it once had in the e-reader business. A recent study claims that sales of Barnes and Noble's Nook Color are now overtaking those of the Kindle.

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"The two screens will be front and back, a la the Nintendo DS console, rather than a stacked format or a dual mode screen."

Um... except that the DS console IS a stacked format, and not a front/back setup..!?

If this rumored tablet has even half the features that have been rumored on the 'net in the last few months - dual screens, e-ink, mirisol displays, quad core processors, cheaper than most tablets etc, etc, then it'll be beyond awesome.

Realistically, however? Personally I can see Amazon doing something 'different' with the screen tech. So much of the Kindle advertising revolves around the fact it uses E-Ink. Obviously an E-Ink only tablet is a no-no, but either a mirasol display, or as suggested, an LCD / E-Ink - that could definitely work.

If it's reasonably spec'd - and reasonably cheap, then I'd definitely consider it.

A tablet with Kindle-like functionality would be golden. If I were a bigger reader and could justify the price, I'd have one already.

Last I heard they were ready to ship 1 million such tablets?! And so, I am inclined to believe these rumours! Kindle ones will be willing to upgrade to this....and the new ones will go for the novelty factor! Seems like a good mind behind it!

Mohitster said,
Last I heard they were ready to ship 1 million such tablets?! And so, I am inclined to believe these rumours! Kindle ones will be willing to upgrade to this....and the new ones will go for the novelty factor! Seems like a good mind behind it!

What?

Mohitster said,
Last I heard they were ready to ship 1 million such tablets?! And so, I am inclined to believe these rumours! Kindle ones will be willing to upgrade to this....and the new ones will go for the novelty factor! Seems like a good mind behind it!

i bet its not dual screen but one screen that does both and you can choose if you want backlighting or not.. That would be the ultimate.. and I know that other tablet did it but this would be nice to be make really light and thin