The Amazon Tablet could mess up the Holiday Season for the Apple iPad.
Amazon has been rumored to enter the tablet market for a while. Amazon managed to dominate the eReader market with the Kindle and has the eco-system to compete with Apple on the tablet front as well. Amazon has all the content, it just needs a tablet. Honestly this is really the easy part. All other tablet vendors struggle with the fact that they are not able to offer something similar to iTunes. Apple will also up the ante with the iCloud. Amazon would have what it takes to also offer services that go beyond media.
Amazon operates massive cloud service infrastructures. Amazon already launched the cloud based music locker service.
Digitlmes reports today that rumors in the supply chain say that Quanta got an order from Amazon to make the Amazon tablet. It is expected that the monthly output in the peak season will be 700,000 to 800,000 units. The launch would be in the 2nd half of 2011.
The Amazon Tablet is likely to run Android. Amazon has already launched their own Android app market. It looks like everything is falling into place for Jeff Bezos to compete with Steve Jobs eye-to-eye during this Holiday shopping season. Sorry RIM, Acer, LG, HTC and other tablet makers. Your tablets will sit on store shelves. The Tablet War will be between Amazon and Apple this Holiday Season.