Tech Radar has news today about Amazon’s forthcoming so-called “iPad 2 rival,” which it says is due to be released towards the end of 2011. The story comes via DigiTimes, who say that Amazon has just placed a big OEM order with Quanta Computers. According to DigiTimes, Amazon’s tablet will have Fringe Field Switching (***) technology and an electrophoretic display (EPD), with a touchscreen from E Ink Holdings. DigiTimes says that Amazon has ordered 700,00-800,000 monthly units. So, could this be the actual real “iPad killer” that finally halts Apple’s domination of the tablet market? In a separate article, Tech Radar puts forward the view that Amazon’s as yet unnamed tablet probably has a better chance of actually making a dent in Apple’s sales than many of its predecessors that have been left floundering in the iPad’s all-conquering wake. Tech Radar says that Amazon has proved with the Kindle that they know how to give consumers the sort of user experience they desire from a handheld device. And if they actually call the forthcoming device the Kindle tablet, they’d already have the quality brand name recognition working for them that most of the other would-be iPad killers didn’t have. In the end, it may well all come down to price. Could a competitively priced Amazon tablet actually rival the iPad and would it be something you’d think about buying?
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