Update – The release date is 15th November but you can pre-order before-hand. Check out our complete look at the new Kindle Fire Tablet for more information.
Update 25th Sept 2011: The Amazon Tablet Release Date looks set to be announced on 28th September. Amazon are planning a press conference in New York, and since they rarely bother with such events unless something big (like some new Kindle hardware perhaps) is set to be released, expect to get a firm release date for (and first official look at) the new Kindle tablet.
It looks like the Amazon Tablet release date is all set for August 2011. We thought as much (it would follow on from the last big release of the Kindle 3 which was in the summer of 2010, and of course makes a lot of sense if your product is something people will want to buy in their droves in time for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
A report from Taiwan based tech site Digitimes is now suggesting that previous speculation about the specification of the new devices might be pretty wide of the mark. But, timings for the release date could be even earlier than expected.
The current “news” is that the Amazon tablet (and presumably the smaller Color Kindle) will be based on processors developed by Texas Instruments. E-ink Holdings are no longer thought to be in the picture either (these are the guys that make the current Kindle display). Instead Wintek (based in Taiwan) will be producing the touch-screen panels (Digitimes).
It still looks like we will be seeing two devices though. The iPad 2 competitor; aka the Amazon Hollywood Tablet, and the smaller, more basic color Kindle tablet which will come in at a price designed to suit those wanting a tablet to view ebooks, rather than a large format device with its associated higher price tag.
As usual, all we have heard from Amazon officially is to Jeff Bezos (CEO) responding to an enquiry about whether or not the company have a tablet in the works, with the comment “Stay Tuned”. I