Amazon Announcing Kindle Tablet on September 28th?
Amazon has started sending out invites for a press event scheduled to take place in New York City on September 28th and there is rampant speculation that the company might unveil its tablet plans. Earlier this month, we heard that a device called the Kindle Tablet was a real thing and it looks like Amazon might be ready to show off its first Android tablet device.
The invite itself reveals absolutely nothing in regards to what Amazon might announce so at this point, we can only treat a tablet announcement as speculation.
The Kindle Tablet is rumored to be 7-inches and it uses backlight and not e-ink like previous versions of the Kindle. Amazon is also expected to offer competitive pricing in an attempt to battle Apple’s iPad 2 and the rumored pricing has been $250 which would make it several hundred dollars less than Apple’s tablet.
It’s believed that a Wi-Fi only version will be the only variant available at the start and that it will have a ton of Amazon applications on board when it arrives including its very own App Store, Music Service and Player, and Movie Player. It’s also expected to have deep cloud integration as it’s rumored to possess a mere 6GB of internal storage space.
There is also a rumored 10-inch version but that tablet isn’t expected to hit shelves until 2012.
As for a release date, we’ve heard November and this event seems to jive with that.
09/24/2011 at 3:39 am
Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes & Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology “leader” Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device.
Kindle only supports eBooks in its proprietary AZW format. Nook, on the other hand, supports both DRM-protected and DRM-free ebooks in ePub format thus it supports ebooks from B&N store, from any other DRM-free source on the web, and from public libraries.
If you walk in with the Nook to Barnes & Noble store, you’re allowed to read any available eBook for free while in the store via free provided in the store Wi-Fi.
Nook Color has several apps that already come with the device (Pandora Internet radio, QuickOffice, etc.) and hundreds of other apps are available for download. Also, you can use the Social Settings screen to link your NOOK Color to your Facebook account and your Twitter account. You can also import all your contacts from your Google Gmail account. Once you have linked to Facebook and Twitter and set up email contacts, you can lend and borrow books, recommend books, and share favorite quotes with your friends. Nook store has over 2 million of paid books and about the same number of free public domain books.