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Report: Amazon makes large tablet order

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 10 Jul 2011 23:23

Report: Amazon makes large tablet order While still unconfirmed by the e-tailing giant, it has practically become fact that Amazon is preparing a tablet for the Q3 2011.
A report this weekend states that Amazon has ordered about 1.2 million tablets, second only to Apple who has ordered 15 million iPad 2 for the quarter.

Overall, component suppliers expect shipments to total around 21 million in the quarter.

Speculatively, Amazon will release two tablets, a low-end Tegra 2 device and a much more powerful quad-core Tegra 3 device. Amazon will also give free access to its streaming movie library to all tablet buyers.

CEO Jeff Bezos did note a "potential" tablet months ago, and it was reported that Samsung was building it.

An Amazon tablet would be a powerful addition to the market, as Amazon controls a large ecosystem of content including Amazon MP3 (music downloads), Amazon Instant Video (streaming movies/TV), Amazon Cloud Drive (streaming music, cloud storage), the Amazon Android App Store (Android apps) and the Kindle store (the most popular e-book store).

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