WSJ claims Amazon is planning to take on Apple's iPad with an Android-based tablet. The device is said to be slated for October, people familiar with Amazon's plans claim it will have a 9" to 10" touchscreen and a powerful application processor. The newspaper heard the tablet will be designed by an Asian manufacturer, but the second-generation will be of Amazon's own design.
The introduction of a tablet poses a conundrum for Amazon on how to keep from cannibalizing sales of its popular Kindle. Amazon has long said the Kindle is its best-selling device, though it has declined to disclose sales.
A person familiar with Amazon's thinking said it still figuring out how to market the tablet computer. One issue is whether customers will want to buy both the tablet and Kindle, which is viewed as a dedicated-reading device for bookworms.