Remember those two rumored Android-powered Amazon tablets? We’ve heard about them about a week ago, and back then we didn’t have any details on how much they will cost.
Well, now we do. PCMag has some sources that have not only confirmed the existence of the tablets, but have also given us the price points for both of them.
Amazon seems intent on having the cheapest tablets around, at least by today’s prices. The 7-inch Amazon tablet codenamed Coyote will cost $349. This will be a device powered by a dual-core Nvidia Tegra 2 processor, just like pretty much all the tablets that have been launched or announced since the beginning of this year. So, hardware-wise, that’s not going to be anything special, however with that price, and Amazon’s software offerings on top, it will undoubtedly give the Kindle, as well as the Barnes and Noble Nook Color a run for their money.
The 10-inch tablet codenamed Hollywood will cost $449. That’s the price for the cheapest version, undoubtedly, and models with more storage will probably end up being more expensive. However, at that price, Amazon’s tablet is $50 cheaper than the cheapest iPad, and cheaper than almost anything else on the market right now. If the prices don’t drop severely in the following months, Amazon will have, in the Hollywood, one of the most powerful tablets on the market, which will also be one of the cheapest. It almost sounds too good to be true, but if anyone can pull something like that off, it’s Amazon.
The Hollywood will be powered by a quad-core Nvidia Kal-El processor (the marketed name will probably be Tegra 3), which will bring performance not before seen on tablets.
Aside from these projected price points, the tablets’ screen sizes, and the processors powering them, we don’t have any other details on Amazon’s tablets right now. However, as the leaks surrounding them are intensifying by the day, we do expect to hear more info soon. And when we do, we’ll let you know.
Given Nvidia’s expectation of having Kal-El in shipping tablets in August, that means that Amazon could launch the Hollywood in September or October at the earliest (since “August” can mean “August 31″, and also since Amazon would need the chipset to ship in large quantities). I think it’s safe to assume that the latest possible release date would be somewhere in November, around or after Black Friday. Why not later? Well, because the earlier rumor mentioned that the tablets will ship “later this year” – and to take full advantage of the ‘holiday shopping season’, you need to launch in late November/early December at the latest.
Also note that in theory, the Coyote could ship well before the Hollywood, although I think it won’t. Amazon needs a ‘big’ launch, and having the Hollywood in the initial launch event is probably worth postponing the Coyote for a while.
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