The fact that Amazon is going to get into the tablet game is not yet confirmed but considering the amount of rumours and speculation we have seen recently, it seems like only a matter of time before its made official. Today we have a report suggesting the Amazon tablet will arrive in the second half of this year.
Far eastern panderers of speculation, DigiTimes, has reported that Amazon has placed an order with Taiwanese manufacturer Quanta for its tablet and the company hopes to sell between 700,000 and 800,000 per month during “peak season.” The anonymous sources quoted by DigiTimes go on to say that Quanta expect to start shipping the units by the second half of this year and the order will add $3.5 billion to Quanta’s annual revenues in 2011. The Amazon tablet will have full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) who already supply the technology for the Kindle, and who will supply its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) LCD technology for the up-coming tablet.
FFS technology is a rival to the much touted IPS technology we have seen on the iPad and iPhone as well as the recently released Asus Eee Pad Transformer. Quanta is already in the tablet game, producing slates for RIM and Sony and is in discussions with Lenovo regarding the follow up to the LePad. Amazon has had huge success with the Kindle here in Europe and in North America but has failed to make such an impact in other parts of the world. It will be hoping that with a tablet that will change.
While all of this is speculation at the moment, there have been quite a number of indications recently that Amazon is readying a tablet for release, sooner rather than later and we are eagerly waiting to see what Jeff Bezos comes up with to rival the plethora of tablets currently on the market.