Amazon have today issued invitations to a "special press conference" on September 28 and the tech community is expecting the online retailer to formally announce the Kindle Tablet.
The tablet, which has been rumoured for some time, would run on Google's Android operating system which would be specially modified to get the best from Amazon's Kindle eBook app, and to give the best full-colour eBook reader experience possible.
What we do know about this tablet is that it runs on a single-core processor with 6Gb or storage, a 7 inch screen, speakers, a micro USB post and, oddly, no cameras. The new Kindle interface is rumoured to be reminiscent of Apple's CoverFlow and the unit is expected to retail for around $250.
This will price it aggressively compared to other 7 inch tablets and with Amazon's reputation for quality hardware already confirmed with the current generation of Kindle readers, should be widely sought after and very popular.
Personally I find Amazon's choice of Android disappointing given the ongoing, and unanswered by Google, security concerns about the platform. For being open-source however and light-weight it would remain the obvious choice given that neither Apple nor RIM are currently prepared to licence their tablet operating systems to third parties, that HP's WebOS is currently hanging under a very large
gallows axe and that Microsoft's offering is not only far from finished, but probably wouldn't be suitable for such a device anyway.
Currently the only direct competition to an Amazon tablet would be the Barnes & Noble Nook Color, which is scarcely available outside of the US.
It's also possible that Amazon will use the event to announce a refresh to its current Kindle eReader range with possible additions including a touch-screen.
Whatever the outcome, as I mentioned previously, any Amazon tablet would almost instantly become a best-seller and would probably become the most-popular Amazon tablet around, besting the Samsung Galaxy Tab devices. We'll keep you informed of what Amazon announce.Advertisement
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