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Amazon tablets could be due for an October launch

At least one Amazon tablet is reportedly scheduled for a release before October alongside two new Kindle models

The elusive Amazon tablet will almost assuredly be released before the end of the year, as multiple rumors have been claiming.

A more recent article from WSJ appears to be confirming the leaks, reporting that Amazon has “plans to introduce a tablet computer before October… in a move that will heighten the online retailer’s rivalry with Apple Inc.” As for the reliability of the news, WSJ cites “people familiar with the matter.”

Additionally, WSJ sources say the online retailer will be releasing two new Kindle devices during the same launch window as the Amazon tablet. Only one of the two e-readers is expected to incorporate a touchscreen, while the other may be the more budget-friendly model sans the touch capabilities.

Currently, the 3G-enabled Kindle costs $189, but the ad sponsored model has had its price reduced from $164 to $139. While Amazon has never publically released official sales numbers of its Kindle brand of e-readers, a study conducted last month showed that more households in the U.S. own e-readers than previously thought.

Keep up with the inevitable Amazon tablet by checking out some of our previous reports including the rumored models, specs and prices.


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Allen Ngo, 2011-07-14 (Update: 2012-05-26)