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Second Amazon Tablet To Be Launched In Q1 2012

Amazon is apparently going to launch a second version of its tablet only a few months after launching its first one today, that's according to an article published by Gdgt (opens in new tab).

The first tablet - likely to be called the Kindle Fire - has already been qualified as a stopgap Kindle tablet, one which was supposed to be launched much earlier this year.

Both tablets are set to be radically different; according to a number of publications, the first one will be based on the RIM Blackberry Playbook blueprint and is one whose design and manufacture has been handled mostly by Taiwanese ODM Quanta.

The second version will see Amazon having a much bigger role to play and is one which, Gdgt says, Amazon really believes in, that is set to be launched in the first quarter of 2012, maybe within weeks of the iPad 3.

And that is a fundamental issue; Apple has already set the wheels in motion and the army of suppliers for the iPad 3 has already started to work towards a 2012 launch for the device. If Amazon postpones the launch of the second version of its tablet, it could face the iPad 3 rather than the iPad 2 - which would surely provide a much tougher challenge.

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.