Rumours about Amazon potentially releasing tactile tablets persist. At least two models are planned, one with a 7" display and the other a 10" screen, both powered by a Tegra 2 processor and operating Android.
At the beginning of May we reported that Amazon was developing at least one tactile tablet, with the information collected from numerous component suppliers. From the information collected, it appeared that Amazon was looking to keep e-paper displays (without rear-lighting) while also developing FFS LCD (Fringe Field Switching).
Since then, the latest information has it that two tablets are being developed, going by the code names Coyote and Hollywood, with one to be powered by an NVidia dual-core Tegra 2 processor and the other by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor (Kal-El).
According to PC Mag, Amazon initially wanted to have a display that was able to offer both e-paper and LCD display properties, with it being possible to switch between the two depending on your needs.
Is Amazon ready to enter the tablet market? The problem though is that this kind of display won’t be available before 2012 at the earliest, with the company therefore having to go with more conventional LCD screens. There are at least two devices currently being developed, one with a 7" display and the other with a 10" screen, with both to run Android.
The idea of an e-paper/LCD display isn’t new, with competitor Barnes & Noble having used a similar idea with their Nook reader and its two screens – one, larger in size, is e-paper, while the second, smaller screen uses the LCD technology. This allows them to provide a range of interaction possibilities in addition to colour and animations.
To stand apart from the numerous other slates scheduled for release this year, Amazon could use their additional services which are already available online to attract users. This will help them find their place among competing devices, while setting themselves apart.
While starting later than others, Amazon nevertheless has some strong arguments to quickly capture a fair size of the market in a sector that is quickly evolving.