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Amazon to Launch Tablet by October

By Vincent Chang - on 14 Jul 2011, 9:14am

Amazon to Launch Tablet by October

The speculation swirling around a tablet from Amazon has now yielded a timeframe, sort of. Wall Street Journal is reporting that the online retail giant will release a tablet to compete with Apple's iPad by October. An Amazon tablet has been highly anticipated after hints from Chief Executive Jeff Bezos and with Amazon's Kindle e-book reader topping the charts, Amazon likely sees a huge opportunity for a tablet to boost sales of the digital content it already offers.

WSJ - Amazon's tablet will have a roughly nine-inch screen and will run on Google's Android platform, said people familiar with the device. Unlike the iPad, it won't have a camera, one of these people said. While the pricing and distribution of the device is unclear, the online retailer won't design the tablet itself. It also is outsourcing production to an Asian manufacturer, the people said. One of the people said the company is working on another model, with Amazon's own design, that could be released next year.

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