Amazon Plans to Release 2 Tablet PCs This Year

Amazon is getting ready to launch two new tablet PCs to expand its lineup during the second half of the year. The first tablet would be a 7-incher while the second would be a 10-incher.

This move is a follow-up to the success of the Amazon Kindle Fire, a tablet from the same company that sold 3.98 million units since its release during the last quarter of 2011. The Kindle Fire currently ranks as the number 2 tablet in terms of global sales, following the Apple iPad, with a 14% market share.

Because of these figures, Amazon is now concentrating future efforts on the tablet instead of the e-reader. It had already reduced its number of orders from E Ink Holdings for e-paper parts used in e-readers in view of this new focus. This has naturally affected the revenues of E Ink Holdings, which had dropped to 62% in its annual records.

Moreover, it had been rumored earlier that it had been developing an 8.9-inch model, but a 10-inch one would help it compete better with tablets such as the iPad.

Amazon is expected to have Wintek and TPK Holdings as its touch panel supplier, and Quanta Computer and Foxconn Electronics for the production of the 10-inch tablet.

via digitimes

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Written by: Björn A.