Rumours of Amazon launching a tablet were somewhat vindicated today when Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos told a reporter from Consumer Reports to “stay tuned” when asked about the possibility of such a device in an interview.
Earlier this month Digitimes reported that Taiwanese manufacturer Quanata Computer, an OEM partner of RIM and Sony, has received OEM orders to produce such a device. It has also been reported that E Ink Holdings, a producer of electrophoretic displays, has also been in talks to provide components for Amazon’s tablet though the company has declined to comment on the issue.
Digitimes also claims that Quanta expects to ship up to 800,000 units of the device during the holiday interview.
Amazon has yet to release exact sales Kindle sales figures, though Amazon claimed in December that the third generation Wifi enabled Kindle was their best selling device ever. Bezos says that should an Amazon tablet come, it won’t replace the Kindle as people “want a dedicated reading device”.
Between the iPad 2, RIM’s Playbook, and Amazon rival Barnes & Noble’s new Android powered tablet the Nook Colour, the tablet market has become increasingly crowded and Amazon will face stiff competition should they choose to release such a device.