The Kindle Fire, introduced Wednesday, was the first color Android tablet from Amazon. But it probably won’t be the last. Already there’s a rumor that the 10″ version could be released before the end of 2011, in time for the holiday shopping season. No word on the cost of the 10″ tablet, but it’s rumored to use the Nvidia’s 4-core Kal-El chip for peppier video performance.
The Kindle Fire, which retails for $199, won’t be available until November 15th. The Fire is limited to 8GB internal storage, doesn’t have expandable storage such as a SD card slot, or cameras.
DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese equipment maker Foxconn could have the contract to build a new 10 inch tablet for Amazon.
Foxconn has been a long-term contractor for Amazon’s Kindle e-book readers, and market watchers had expected the company to also land orders for 7-inch Kindle Fire tablets, but it has been busily working on iPads for Apple, so the contract for the 7″ Fire went to Quanta.
In other tablet news, Huawei’s new 7 inch MediaPad may be coming to T-Mobile, reports Lilliputing. TmoNews says the tablet features a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor and Android 3.2 Honeycomb operating system. It has a 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel IPS display, 16GB of storage and a 4100mAh battery. The Huawei tablet could be priced as low as $199.99 with a two year agreement.
Today Samsung announced a new 7″ tablet, the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus, an Android 3.2 (Honeycomb)-based tablet comes with a 7-inch display and 1.2GHz dual-core processor. Samsung’s new 7″ tablet features 802.11n, HSPA+ support, 16GB and 32GB memory, and a microSD slot.
The original 7″ Samsung Galaxy Tab featured a 1.0 GHz ARM Cortex-A8 (“Hummingbird”) processor, a 3.2 MP rear-facing camera and a 1.3 MP front-facing camera, and Android 2.2.
Apple’s patent-related legal actions blocked sales of Galaxy Tab 10.1 models in Germany and hit Samsung’s phones as well. Lawyers for Samsung on Friday offered Apple a deal on their patent dispute that could allow the Korean company to launch its Galaxy Tab 10.1 device in Australia. If accepted by Apple, Australia could see the tablet’s launch next week, Samsung’s attorney David Catterns told Dow Jones Newswires.