Report: Quanta ready to mass produce Amazon tablet

Report: Quanta ready to mass produce Amazon tablet for second half of 2011
Report: Quanta ready to mass produce Amazon tablet for second half of 2011
The Taiwanese computer manufacturer will reportedly produce 700,000 to 800,000 Amazon tablets for a mid-to-late 2011 release

According to a Digitimes report, its sources claim that Taiwan-based manufacturer Quanta has received orders from Amazon to produce 700,000 to 800,000 tablet units for a release later this year. This production volume is expected to contribute over $3.5 billion to Quanta’s 2011 overall annual revenues.

One of the key suppliers for the Amazon Kindle, E-Ink Holdings (EIH), will also reportedly be contributing to the production of the Amazon tablet.  The company will be providing the touch panels and its in-house fringe field switching (FFS) technology for the online retail giant.

Additionally, Amazon may reduce the price of its popular Kindle e-book readers prior to the launch of the Amazon tablet in order to “attract consumer demand from the education and consumer market.” Digitimes sources believe that the move will be aimed at the iPad 2 as Amazon could be challenging the Apple tablet with better software and content resources for both the Kindle and the Amazon tablet.

We previously reported on rumors of an unnamed Android tablet from Amazon just this last month, but these recent details are further validating the initial rumors. If the Q3 to Q4 2011 launch window holds true, it may be safe to expect an official announcement directly from Amazon sometime in the coming months.

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Author: Allen Ngo, 2011-05- 3 (Update: 2012-05-26)