Suppliers claim Amazon tablets to launch as early as August

Latest Amazon tablet rumors directly from component suppliers suggest an August-September release

Previous leaks and rumors have already revealed much about the upcoming Amazon tablet, including its numerous models, specs, summer release window, price and even codenames. Now, certain component suppliers for the tablets are claiming a late summer to early fall release for at least one of the models.

According to DigiTimes, Taiwan-based component manufacturers say Amazon is scheduled for as much as four million tablet units by the end of 2011. The timing of the launch was reportedly planned out to meet the expected high demands during the Thanksgiving and Christmas periods in the U.S. Thus, the source is suggesting an official release sometime this August to September.

While the Amazon tablet will run some version of Android at launch, it is rumored to be a highly modified and will be built primarily around Amazon services. These include the online retailer’s e-book services, music services, on-demand video and, of course, online shopping services.

The retailer itself has yet to formally announce the tablet other than a “stay tuned” remark a couple months back from the Amazon CEO.

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Allen Ngo, 2011-06-22 (Update: 2012-05-26)
Allen Ngo
Allen Ngo - US Editor in Chief
After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.