Amazon’s Android tablet coming in 10- and 7-inch models with quad-core Tegra power?
We’ve pretty much accepted that Amazon will release a proper Android tablet in 2011. The details, however, are still unclear. Enter Silicon Valley analyst, Tim Bajarin, who claims to have some inside information from his sources in Taipei. If correct, then we should see Amazon launch a 10-inch LCD tablet before the holidays. He’s also heard of a 7-inch model and plans to use NVIDIA’s new quad-core Tegra SoC in order to blaze a path into the crowded tablet market. Interestingly enough, Tim’s sources say that Amazon wanted to use a switchable “black and white E Ink-like display and a color LCD” hybrid but the two vendors approached (Qualcomm and Pixel Qi?) won’t be ready with a suitable display until 2012 or 2013. Of course, Samsung — the rumored DNA at the core of Amazon’s tablet — has plenty of experience with 10- and 7-inch Android tablets and the decision to go LCD aligns with those rumors of a Fringe Field Switching display reported by DigiTimes earlier this month. So while none of this is verified, at least it gives us something more to chew on while we “stay tuned” for whatever Bezos is cooking.