According to Digitimes, Taiwanese component makers have outed in a report this week that online retailer Amazon is about to launch its own branded tablet computer. Claiming to have a 4 Million unit sales target for this year, the site reports that monthly shipments of such a device should reach up to 700,000-800,000 units.
Expected to launch in August or September, Amazon’s launch schedule is said to be placed specifically to capture both Thanksgiving and end-of-year holiday sales, not forgetting that Apple also tends to hold huge media events around this time, too, (which this year, are expected to be iPhone and iPad-related).
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos declined to confirm during a recent interview that his company was working on such a device, but did say to “stay tuned” on the company’s plans. Bezos did say that any tablet Amazon built would supplement the Kindle e-reader. “We will always be very mindful that we will want a dedicated reading device,” he said.
Amazon’s tablet though is expected to be less e-reader and more iPad-competitor. According to analysts, the combination of Amazon’s current video, music and app stores, complete with its upcoming branded slate, puts Amazon in a pretty powerful position to compete with the monopoly that is, the iTunes ecosystem.[via AppleInsider]