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Rumor: Amazon to launch tablet device in August-September?

The much rumored launch of a tablet-like device from web site retailer Amazon.com might happen in the next few months, if a story on the Digitimes web site is to be believed. The story states that according to unnamed sources at Taiwan-based companies, Amazon is looking to launch the tablet product sometime in August or September (oddly around the time that Apple might launch the next versions of its iPhone and iPods). It also adds that Amazon is looking to sell 4 million units of the tablet before the end of 2011.

According to the story the tablet will use processors from Texas Instruments inside. This would seem to contradict previous Internet rumors on the tablet which claimed that they would have processors made by Nvidia inside. Those same older rumors said that the tablet would run Google's Android operating system and be sold in two different versions but there's no word on what the screen sizes for the tablets might be like. The Digitimes story claims that Amazon is looking to ship between 700,000 and 800,000 units of the tablet devices per month when it finally launches. There is still no word on any price point for the tablet devices.

Amazon's first dedicated tech product is, of course, its Kindle e-Reader which has apparently sold well despite competition from other e-readers from companies like Sony and Barnes and Noble,, the latter with its Nook device. It has also sold well even though tablet devices such as Apple's iPad can also function as e-readers.

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