Specs and details of Amazon’s ‘very real’ tablet have been revealed

TechCrunch’s MG Siegler today claimed to have used the still-veiled Amazon tablet, confirming many of the rumours swirling around the secret device to be true.

According to MG, who says he cannot reveal pictures, the device will be pricetagged at $250, with a 7-inch backlit touchscreen, suggesting it is more of a competitor to top-end colour e-readers than the iPad.

Quoth TechCrunch:

As anticipated, Amazon has forked Android to build their own version for the Kindle. Simply put: it looks nothing like the Android you’re used to seeing.

The interface is all Amazon and Kindle. …  There are no physical buttons on the surface of the device. … Amazon’s content store is always just one click away. The book reader is a Kindle app (which looks similar to how it does on Android and iOS now). The music player is Amazon’s Cloud Player. The movie player is Amazon’s Instant Video player. The app store is Amazon’s Android Appstore.

My understanding is that the Kindle OS was built on top of some version of Android prior to 2.2. And Amazon will keep building on top of that of that over time.

I believe it is running on a single-core chip (though I’m not 100 percent sure). My understanding is that the 10-inch version, if it comes, will have a dual-core chip. I also believe the device only has 6 GB of internal storage. The idea is that this will be more of a “cloud device” for things like music and movies. The storage is meant for storing books and apps There were a few references to an SD card expansion, but I couldn’t find a slot on the hardware itself.

This initial version of the device will be WiFi-only. … There is no camera.

The tablet will allegedly be called a Kindle, like Amazon’s e-ink e-readers, and should indeed launch this fall.

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