Nowadays, the tablet markets are flooded with latest age of cheap alternatives against very costly tablets. All those cheap alternatives are progressively becoming more low-priced with more and more improved specifications. One of the big corporations, Amazon is expected to launch its new and cheapest device named as Amazon Kindle tablet in the time of Christmas and priced between the range of $250-$300. Amazon has sold above 20 million Kindle eReader in the latest quarter. Considering this record, Amazon regenerates the hope that this upcoming tablet could be commendable competitor of Apple iPad.
The hardware design of the Amazon tablet is somewhat similar to the Nook Color which is its rival in the market instead of its previous iteration of the Kindle. But when it comes to its specs, the latest Amazon device is quite good and a bit more than a normal ereader. The tablet is pretty underwhelming at the time when compared to current Honeycomb tablets.
There were many speculation and rumors about the Amazon’s tablet plans but TechCrunch’s MG Siegler brought fact with some solid details based on his real experience. Siegler says, Amazon Kindle tablet has a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen and equipped with a rubber backing, so looks similar to Blackberry Playbook. The device sports two-finger multitouch and it is the first full color and back-lit Kindle. There is not any physical navigation buttons and it is really strange that it will not include any cameras whether front or rear-facing.
Amazon Kindle tablet runs on a single core chip and has 6GB of built-in storage. This limited storage is due to cloud storage for things like music and movies. The Amazon Cloud technology will allow almost nonstop syncing that proven one of the best things of the tablet. As Amazon tablet will go for its own App Store, Android Market won’t be installed. You can locate all your content easily because the apps, books, movies and more are arranged on the main screen in carousel style.
The OS of the tablet is Android prior to 2.2 that has never been seen before and Amazon has covered up a basic version of custom Kindle interface inplace of Android UI. Google apps or the Android market are not working with Amazon for the project. This Kindle tablet is deeply integrated with all of Amazon services. The music will come from Amazon’s cloud player, the videos from Amazon Prime, and the apps from the Amazon store and the books from Kindle.
It is expected that new Amazon Kindle tablet is different from Gingerbread, Ice Cream Sandwich, and Honeycomb. You need to use micro USB port to charge the device. Initially, the tablet will be Wi-Fi only but plans for 3G connectivity and it would not be an e-ink also. Buyers will also get free Amazon Prime worth of $79 per year at the time of purchase. This may be a successful hit at both B&N and Netflix.
- Dual speakers
- Wi-Fi equipped
- Multi-touch and back-lit
- Full color
- Single Core CPU
- No camera
- No Android Market
- SD card expansion
- 6GB of internal storage
- 7″ touch screen display
- Micro-USB port
- Runs custom forked build of Android OS
- Free Amazon Prime account with purchase
- Exterior looks like a Blackberry Playbook
- No physical navigation buttons on the surface of the device
- $250 price point
- Integrated Amazon access to Amazon Store, Kindle books, music through Amazon Cloud Player, video streaming, and Amazon’s Android Appstore
- Includes a WebKit based web browser, Cover Flow-like user interface to flip through content, a Dock for apps and favorite items
Video of Amazon Kindle tablet: overview of known specs from youtube: