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Amazon To Order 2.4 Million Android-based Tablets?

Sources in Taiwan are claiming that Amazon is looking at ordering around 2.4 million touch panels by the end of September in preparation for the launch of its tablets which should happen in the third quarter of the year.

Digitimes' Yenting Chen (opens in new tab) writes that TFT-LCD panel maker Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) will supply the touch sensors and Wintek will provide with around three quarters of the touch panels.

Amazon already collaborates with CPT through its E Ink holdings which supplies Amazon with EPD (electrophoretic display) e-paper which is used in the company's uber popular Kindle ebook reader.

Not much is known about the tablet other than the fact that it will be based on Android and it will be a 7-inch model, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the RIM Blackberry PlayBook,

Quanta is expected to be the sole company in charge of assembling the tablet and we reckon that the new Amazon tablets will involve the use of E-Ink's (fringe field switching) technology.

The Amazon Kindle currently costs £152 in the UK with free 3G and Wi-Fi which means that Amazon will have to either cut the price of the two Kindles or put up the price of its Android tablet well above £200, especially if it offers touchscreen capabilities and an App Store.

Désiré Athow

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 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.