Amazon Kindle Tablet – 7″ capacitive touch at $250
>By James Lenhart
MG Siegler of TechCrunch is assuring the public that he’s not only got the scoop on specs for the Amazon Kindle Tablet, but he’s touched and played with it. MG says it’s sporting a 7″ back-lit capacitive touch screen, no physical buttons, and will be priced at $250.
If all of this is true it means that Amazon is directly competing with B&N’s Nook Color in terms of price, and hardware. MG says it’s running Android, but don’t expect this to launch with Gingerbread, Honeycomb, or Ice Cream Sandwich. No, in fact it was built on top of a version of Android before 2.2 and will probably be much like the Nook Color with a heavily skinned UI, and restricted app support. The UI can be compared to the Nook Color in that it displays content you’ve purchased in a news-stand like fashion.
MG says the Amazon Kindle “Tablet” has a nice web browser including tabbed browsing, but something leaves me to believe that this wasn’t a primary concern. There are no processor details, but with a price of $250 I’m not expecting it to be mind-blowing, and I don’t think the e-ink crowd will be rushing to Amazon.com to scoop one up.
It seems like it’s very comparable to the Nook Color, and we just heard of a possible Nook Color 2 being released in September. If this does well Amazon has plans to release a 10″ version.