Amazon Kindle Tablet to be Released this October
Looks like the rumors are true, Amazon will be launching a tablet device running Android before the end of this year. The device will simply be called the Kindle (as it is with their current e-readers) and will launch with a 7″ Capacitive Touchscreen this October at a price point of $250 USD. The 10″ version will launch in Q1 of 2012 – it’s price has not been hinted, but is speculated to be under $400 USD.
The Amazon Kindle Tablet does not feature a camera at the moment and has no access to the Android Market. Basically the OS is built on top of a custom Android OS, making it very similar to the Barnes & Noble Color, which is also featured at the same price point at the moment. What separates this device from the Nook Color is the free year subscription to Amazon Prime, which is normally $79.99 per year. An Amazon Prime account gives its users access to free 2 day shipping on Prime items as well as access to Amazon’s Instant Video streaming service – which currently has hundreds of television shows and movies available for free. They’ll probably offer some additional incentives to Prime users who purchase this, and as Tech Crunch commented, Amazon will ‘promote the hell out of this on their website’.