The rumor about Amazon’s new tablet has been out in the air for a while. But this time we could trust these rumours. DigiTimes, the Asian trade publication, reported that Amazon has asked Quanta Computers, contract manufacturer to build a tablet PC device.
Taiwan-based notebook maker Quanta Computer has recently received OEM orders from Amazon for its reported tablet PC and the device will also receive full support from Taiwan-based electrophoretic display (EPD) maker E Ink Holdings (EIH) for supplying touch panel as well as providing its Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology, according to sources from upstream component makers.
The online retailer is planning to introduce the tablet as a new device instead of replacing kindle, the e-book reader. In addition to this, Amazon is planning to lower the price of Kindle to boost its sales and to push it into the education and consumer markets. According to the publication, Amazon will market the tablet PC “using its advantage in software and content resources to challenge iPad 2″. There was news about Amazon planning to let go of kindle. But this recent news does not support that. Amazon announced a project recently where users will have access to kindle books in 11,000 libraries in the country.
DigiTimes also stated that Quanta Computers will manufacture 800,000 tablets during the peak season and Quanta is expected to ship those units by the second half of this year. It is also important to note that Quanta is a manufacturing partner for Apple, Sony, RIM and other reputable brands. At present they are the manufacturers of of MacBooks for the Cupertino firm.