Amazon Tablet Out Late this Year
Amazon is rumored to release its own tablet device later this year. According to reports, it will be manufactured by Quanta Computer. Amazon is said to have already placed a large order with the Taiwan-based notebook maker for tablet devices.
Quanta will start shipping the tablets in the second half of 2011. The first batch is estimated to be around 700,000 to 800,000 units. The company is also making tablets for RIM and is expected to produce tablets for Lenovo and Sony in the future.
The Amazon tablet will run on Google Android operating system. Last March, the company launched its own app store and a cloud service called CloudDrive, which gives users free online file storage. With an Android tablet, Amazon will boost purchases from its app store and usage of the CloudDrive.
Amazon tablet is set to compete with the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble’s Nook Color. Barnes & Noble recently upgraded its tablet to Android 2.2 and unveiled its own Android app store as well.
In the last year, Amazon has $1.1 billion in capital expenditures and in the last quarter hired around 4,200 new employees. It plans to open nine more fulfillment centers within the year. It will also continue improving its IT infrastructure.