Amazon to Launch iPad Rival by This Fall

It also plans a touch-screen Kindle: Wall Street Journal
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 13, 2011 6:27 PM CDT
The Apple iPad 2 is going to have competition from Amazon soon.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – Amazon will have a tablet computer of its own out by October to compete with the iPad, reports the Wall Street Journal. Insiders say the Android device will have a 9-inch screen but no camera. Amazon also plans two Kindle updates: One version will have a touch-screen and the other will be an improved (and cheaper) version of the current model.

Some quick reaction:

  • Sam Biddle, Gizmodo: Not a huge surprise, but the 9-inch screen "says a lot," he writes. "It's not looking to simply be a better Nook Color, but a real tablet fighting the iPad and every other major slate thing out there." Click for the full column.
  • Nicholas Carlson, Fast Company: "We're pretty sure Amazon will be a big player in the tablets market," he writes, referencing this earlier story.

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