Sep 30 AT 12:02 PM Anthony Domanico 12 Comments

Rumor: Amazon to release a 10.1-inch tablet in 2011?


We’ve suggested for a while now that Amazon is working on a family of Android devices for 2011/2012: a phone, 7-inch tablet and 10-inch tablet–all rumored to be released sometime in Q4 2011.  While the super-cheap Kindle Fire is set to lead the way in sales this holiday season, it appears Amazon is secretly working on at least one of the other devices.

Hot on the heels of the Kindle Fire 7-inch tablet announcement, Digitimes is reporting that Amazon is looking to partner with Foxconn to produce a 10.1-inch tablet for distribution in time for the holiday season. As tends to happen with these rumors based on “industry sources,” we have almost no information on the 10.1-inch Kindle, other than the fact that Amazon might be working on it.

One Android Insider’s Take on the Rumor

We know several of you are holding out on purchasing a tablet until the 10-inch models hit around the $300 price point (something that wouldn’t be too hard for Amazon to meet, given the $199 price-tag on the Kindle Fire). Since Amazon was only able to deliver the sub-$200 price on the Kindle Fire because of the heavy integration with Amazon’s cloud services, we expect that the 10-inch model will feature the same heavily customized Android skin that several of our readers bemoaned in order to hit the sub-$300 price point.

Might this be the quad-core project Hollywood? It’s certainly too soon to tell. But we’re highly skeptical that this device will have Tegra inside, considering Amazon decided to go with the TI OMAP chip in the Kindle Fire. That being said, NVIDIA’s Kal-El chip is the only quad-core chip rumored to make its way into devices in 2011, so it’s still a possibility.

All things considered, we believe it’s very possible that Amazon will deliver a 10-inch tablet in 2011. Kindle’s VP Russ Grandinette told Engadget to “stay tuned” when asked if they would be launching a larger slate.

Final Thoughts

Several of our readers are interested in a larger form factor tablet but are waiting for the price to be right before taking the plunge. Amazon is probably the company to make it happen, since they have enough money-making services to justify discounting hardware to the point of affordability. Based on that alone, we certainly hope Amazon is able to get a 10.1-inch tablet out the door by Christmas.

Of course, hope can only go so far, and it’s simply too soon to tell whether there’s any meat to this rumor. If the rumor is true, we’ll likely learn more about the slate in the next month or so.

Stay tuned.

Via: Cnet

Source: Digitimes

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  • Nate B.

    I might be interested if this happens.

    • 78rd

      Dunno, but iPad 3 arrives at the same time frame so iPad 3 wins.

      • Bobba

        If Amazon can release a 10.1 inch tablet for $299.00, vs iPad 3 $499, I think it won’t be so simple as iPad 3 wins.

        There is a mass market that only gets tapped when the price is right. Which is why smart phones are everywhere. $200 on contract is affordable to most people.

        Same math works here. There is a price point that makes these devices available to everyone, and Amazon is hitting those price points, while Apple certainly is not.

        • cb2000a

          Amazon will tap a different segment of the market than Apple. More people will have tablets.

  • triangle

    I would have just preferred to have Amazon Video available on more devices, but it seems that Amazon is compelling people to buy their device so that they can sell more Amazon products to consumers.

    Hopefully, they adjust their strategy so that consumers who want google products and the ability to do more with their tablets can also get the full suite of Amazon content on their device, not just a kindle device. They also wouldn’t have to subsidize the cost of the tablet if they went with this route.

    • Anthony Domanico

      Yeah, but if they didn’t subsidize their tablet, they wouldn’t be able to sell as well as they will with a $199 Fire.

      • triangle

        Agree with you, but if I already have a tablet, then I actually don’t need a kindle fire unless I want to access all of Amazon’s content. That’s really the main point.

        Rather than having a tablet to do a bunch of things AND a kindle fire for just Amazon content, I would prefer just to one device.

        • Anthony Domanico

          Right, I think people generally feel that way, but considering how poorly Honeycomb tablets have sold, I think they’re targeting the 97% of the market that doesn’t have an Android tab. :)

  • M3rc Nate

    Im stilling holding out for the “meets all my requirements” 10 inch tablet. Vanilla HoneyComb is a big one, as much as i love amazon, i dont want a Amazon tablet, i want a Android tablet. But i love what they are doing. They need a Amazon Video app like the Netflix app so people with A-Prime can watch all their streaming video (or a regular person) can rent/buy movies/tv episodes like you can on

  • Sean Riley

    I don’t think Amazon sucks badly enough at planning to do this in 2011. You have to remember that the Fire isn’t due out until November 15th. If they had a 10″ version that was going to be ready within 30 days of the Fire what would their motivation have been to not announce it at the same time? At least we know that they’d have to announce it prior to the 15th as there’s no question a lot of those pre-orders would be switching over to the bigger model.

  • Interpol91

    The 10.1 inch model would definitely target a larger audience. I really can’t see Kal-EL being in an Amazon tablet this year but of course anything can happen. Can’t wait to hear more developments on this rumor!!

  • SliestDragon

    Interesting. I’m not sure if I’m interested in Amazons tablets, but who knows, they could surprise me with their 10″ one…