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Amazon To Release 7-Inch ‘Amazon Kindle’ Near End Of November

A huge report filed by TechCrunch, has all the goods on Amazon’s new 7″ tablet being released this winter. The tablet, entitled simply as the “Amazon Kindle“, will run at $250, and will even run a completely redesigned interface. That’s right – no Gingerbread, and no Honeycomb.

We have known that Amazon has had plans to release two tablets, one 7″ inch, and one 10″ inch. It is said that if the new, full color, back-lit Kindle does well on the market, then Amazon could, and might possibly release the 10″ in Q1 of 2012. 

The tablet itself, reportedly has no physical buttons, and is all touch screen controlled. The tablet is two-finger multi-touch enabled, and will have all of Amazon’s services built right in: Music player, App Store, etc.

Is a $250 full color Amazon Kindle going to end up under your Christmas tree this year? Let us know your thoughts.


  • Asmodai

    Just sounds like an Amazon copy of the Nook Color to me then.  I was hoping for something revolutionary.

  • Todisco

    Love the Kindle and enjoy Android but this tablet will be no more successful than any other Non-iOS tablet that has hit the market.  Price will be its strength but not running a standard Android operating system will be a weakness.  What make the iPad great is the crazy amount of applications, the overabundance and quality of accessories as well as its seamless interaction with other Apple products.

    Amazon is producing a tablet that will come up short and all but make a temporary dent in the tablet market.

    ***In the end I hope I am wrong – I would love to see an affordable tablet I can utilize and enjoy more than my iPad.

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  • Even though it runs Android, if I’m honest I don’t think it stands to beat, or even come close to the iPad. The iPad just has something no other tablet has. The lower price point might appeal to some people, but to be honest it’s still not cheap. I’d have to see it properly though, and in a few months time I might have to completely eat my words!

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  • Anonymous

    This makes more sense if they are truly selling these at cost or loss. Only way to ensure media sales go through their store and not market.

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  • Granted

    What? So is it an Android OS, or some Amazon OS? Very confused. I love Amazon like a sociopath loves apathy, but seeing as it doesn’t have Honeycomb, and probably won’t be a high end device, I’ll just stock with my lovely Galaxy Tab 10.1. Although, I’m sure it will find a niche and a happy audience, to me, besides a very attractive price point, I don’t currently see anything that it offers that could pull me away from my Samsung joy right now. It may be better equipped for reading ebooks, but the Tab just fine in my opinion in that department.

  • Winner

    $250?! I was hoping $175 or less.

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  • FortitudineVincimus

    What happened to the “Hollywood” quad core tablet in 2011? of, I forgot, just another rumor

    • michael interbartolo

      it has been delayed until 1st qtr next year and now it is only a dual core. 

  • Meh if this is what I waited for then I’m gonna pass. Better off investing in the Samsung Galaxy Tab II 7″ model. I knew they were gonna skin the hell out of it, but the fact they forked it (and forked it deep at that) prior to 2.2 Froyo is disturbing. No camera? Only 2 finger multi-touch? No Google apps at all? Only 6g? Wi-Fi only? Cloud driven? No SD slot?! Oh and did I mention it’s thick and clunky like the Blackberry Playbook? NO THANKS AMAZON!

  • Mr.Joe

    “That’s right – no Gingerbread, and no Honeycomb. Amazon has supposedly commissioned Google to make them a completely new UI”

    New UI (User Interface) or new OS (Operating System)?  

  • pezjono

    From the article:

    “Google’s Android Market is nowhere to be found. In fact, no Google app is anywhere to be found. This is Android fully forked. My understanding is that the Kindle OS was built on top of some version of Android prior to 2.2. And Amazon will keep building on top of that of that over time. In other words, this won’t be getting “Honeycomb” or “Ice Cream Sandwich” — or if it does, users will never know it because that will only be the underpinnings of the OS. Any visual changes will be all Amazon.
    They are not working with Google on this. At all.”

    • Yeah but this is the same for the Nook Color. It’s all about how hackable it is

  • Albert Kilger

    Amazon better take control of that OS after its built.  I don’t want Google spending time on an OS hardly anyone uses.  There is a reason that Ice Cream Sandwich is to unite all the devices just like IOS.

  • Blood

    So i’m guessing no dual-core? Might as well get a Nook then.

    • can we stop with the obsession of hardware? its relative.

      as long as the software + hardware is tightly integrated specs aren’t as high of a priority.

      • Blood

        Yea, but the whole concept of this was that it is was going to be a cheap Honeycomb tablet. (meaning Dual-core, 1GB ram, etc.)  Not this kind of tablet. What was the point of this post on Droid Life? You can find these cheap single core tablets anywhere.

        • based on the article, there is barely any hint of android UI on this amazon tablet.

          furthermore, as per article, Amazon is working on a 10 inch tablet due out in Q1 2012. This could be a dual core or even quad core tablet.

          lastly, lets not put Amazon in the same category as the cheap tablet makers out now.

          • hkklife

            No native Gmail client? No Google Maps? No Google Earth? No Android Market?  Forget it, I’m out.   Amazon’s buggy (and slow to update–helllloooo Angry Birds!) App Store is nice but it’s not enough on its own to make up for the total lack of Google Experience apps & services. 

            I’ll stick with my first-gen Galaxy Tab 7,thanks.  And I’ll go  back to saving my pennies for the 7.7″ Galaxy Tab or maybe a smaller ICS tablet. 

    • On a device designed to be primarily a reader, you want low system specs to 1) keep costs down and 2) BATTERY LIFE.

  • Anonymous

    Time to wait for CM7 or 8 or whatever we’re on by the time it comes out.

  • Out of curiosity, how does MG Siegler’s “They are not working with Google on this. At all” turn into “Amazon has supposedly commissioned Google to make them a completely new UI” ……..?

    • Jon

      seriously…someone has serious concept deficit disorder

  • I am a big fan of all in one devices, but I for one prefer having my E Reader as a separate device.  The truth is that the displays on the basic Kindle with its e ink offer one of the best reading experiences you can get, without it being on actual paper.

    • Scott

      Agreed, I have the “old fashioned” Kindle and love it.  The battery last a long time, it’s easy on the eyes, isn’t buggy, super lightweight, and more affordable up front.  If Amazon really wants to excite Kindle owners, they should be pushing for more affordable e-books.  $15.00 for a e-book is stupid…period.

  • Anonymous

    thanks, you just beat me to the punch on saying it

  • Anonymous

    Anyone else forsee the tablet market going to be oversaturated with overpriced junk no one wants or underpriced-poorly spec’d junk no one wants?

    • Granted

      If it’s not already there, absolutely. Everybody wants a piece of the pie, and you’ll have a bunch of sorry ass tablet owners, complaining, and rating apps poorly, because they paid 50 cents for a shoddy tablet, and they can’t get why it won’t run some app they downloaded. It will be just like it is with smart phones and the Market…..”Your stupid app doesn’t work on my Cricket Pieceofshitaspire 1…what the hell?! This app sucks! 1-star!”.

  • CIFchamp24

    I hope it does well. I love amazon

  • As long as it can ALSO do Netflix, I might be in. Maybe. Depends.

    As you can see, I’m totally committed to non-committal.

    • Anonymous

      I would bet that it won’t. Why would amazon support Netflix when it runs a rival VOD service?

      • Xcalvinjohn

        That would be like Apple allowing Netflix on the iPad.

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