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Amazon iPad 2 Rival Tablet Gets Fondled By Journo

It's unlikely that any other publication, let alone any other journalist would have been believed had they claimed to have seen and handled the next Amazon tablet.

Yet because MG Siegler works for Techcrunch (and AOL), it is likely that his detailed description (opens in new tab) of the Amazon tablet, known as the "Amazon Kindle" is reliable.

The device, he says, comes with a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a customised version of Android running on it; Siegler says that it looks like the Blackberry PlayBook, another 7-inch tablet.

Disappointingly, it appears to be a two finger multi-touch, rather than a 10-finger as with the iPad and has no camera; furthermore, Amazon has yet to come with a colour e-ink screen which means that the tablet has to use a traditional back-lit colour screen.

The Design Verification Unit seen by Siegler appears to be the one set to be released in a few weeks time. At $250, it will be in direct competition with the HTC Flyer and the Lenovo A1 which costs less at $199.

Siegler also says that a bigger version of the tablet, a 10-inch model, will be produced if the 7-inch model proves to be a hit and mentioned that a 3G version of the device will be available.

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.