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Foxconn To Build Amazon iPad 2 Competitor?

OEM/ODM giant Foxconn Electronics has apparently been tasked with building Amazon's 10.1-inch tablet device which wil start shipping in 2012.

According to Yenting & Steve Chen from Digitimes, the company has already been building the Amazon Kindle ebook reader and it is believed that its prior relationship with the retailing giant may have helped it bag the contract.

Foxconn is expected to produce around 12 million Kindle tablets, up to 40 million iPad devices and around 80 to 85 million iPhone smartphones for Apple for 2011 alone.

Around two million Amazon 10.1-inch tablets are expected to be produced and the retailer has already apparently ordered touch sensors from Wintek, touch modules from J Touch and Young Fast Optoelectronics, as well as touch panels from TPK Holding and Cando.

A 7-inch model is also expected to be produced by Quanta Computer which would leave Pegatron and other smaller OEM/ODMs free to pick orders from other vendors.

Digitimes reckons that Amazon may start to take preorders for the tablet by the end of the year to benefit from the surge in sales generated by the holiday period in the US and Europe.

The tablet is expected to come with an Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core system on chip, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, full access to Amazon's own services, a 10.1-inch 1280x800 pixel capacitive touchscreen but no camera or 3G connectivity.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.