We are always interested in what Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos has to say for himself as he usually tells it like it is. However in relation to the rumoured Amazon tablet he has been much more slippery than normal.
A couple of weeks ago we reported on sources from the far east saying that a possible Amazon tablet would ship in the second half of this year. Today, Amazon founder Bezos has given an interview to Consumer Reports and when asked if the online retailer would be launching a companion tablet to go with its wildly successful Kindle, all he said was “stay tuned.” Not very much to go on there, but pushed on the subject, Bezos did say that “if” Amazon launch a tablet it would most likely co-exist with the Kindle rather than replace it. “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” he said. “In terms of any other product introductions, I shouldn’t answer.”
While this doesn’t give us any clear indication of what the tablet will look like, what operating system it will run or when we are likely to see it, it does pretty much confirm there will be a Amazon tablet coming at some stage. Whether or not the tablet will have a sunlight-readable screen like the Kindle is unclear. Bezos did say though that he believed a colour e-ink screen was “not ready for prime time," which would suggest that the tablet will come with a more conventional LCD screen.
With the success of the Kindle from both a marketing and consumer point of view, we are excited about the (possible) Amazon tablet and hopefully we’ll get some real details on it soon.
Source: Consumer Reports