Amazon gets the tablet ball rolling

Amazon gets the tablet ball rollingQuanta Computer, the Taiwanese notebook maker, has reportedly received an order from Amazon for tablet-related goodness, with the touch panel being provided by E Ink Holdings (also based in Taiwan).

The news comes courtesy of Digitimes, a mostly trustworthy source when it comes to the pumping of rumour juice. Quanta, however, has refused to comment officially.

Shipments could start as early as Q3, and the orders are expected to fuel Quanta’s 2011 revenue by a cool $3.5 billion, which, incidentally, is roughly how much Mobot’s writers are paid annually.

Quanta is also partners with RIM, who recently released their PlayBook tablet in the States, and Sony, who have now officially confirmed that they have two tablets on the way.

Exciting stuff. Of course, it could turn out to be a touchscreen Kindle, though analyst types are willing to bet their gold-plated asses that Amazon is coming to tablet town.

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JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2011 at 14:44

wait... Mobot PAY you? :p I thought you're a post-app, the LC v2.0 #mybad

Anyhoo, maybe that is just a new kindle with some beefed up bonus features?

Stelph  May. 3, 2011 at 15:39

I really hope Amazon bring out an Android Tablet and have the same affect on the market (and use the same strategy) as they did with their e-reader, i.e sell the hardware with a very slim profit margin or even at a loss as they can expect to make good returns on selling content from their app store/media website (books, music, films).

A well specced tablet from a large respected company for £149-£199, id be in there like a shot

JanSt / MOD  May. 3, 2011 at 15:57

Bet you're right, stelph.
The 3G kindle is cheaper than Sony's pathetic 5'' reader. Says it all I think.


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