Sep. 26, 2011 at 6:00 PM ET
On Wednesday, Sept. 28, we're headed to an Amazon press conference in New York where we anticipate the company will launch a tablet. Three weeks ago, TechCrunch's MG Siegler purported to have a hands-on with the mystery device, a 7-inch Android tab. Now he's reporting its name, "Kindle Fire," and Amazon's rollout plan.
Here are the new details on the Kindle Fire tablet, according to TechCrunch:
Meanwhile, GDGT's Ryan Block is reporting that the reason that the tablet looks like a BlackBerry PlayBook (and has the same processor, to boot), is that RIM bought the design from Quanta, contract manufacturer of many computers and tablets, and rumored manufacturer of Amazon's tablet. Block cites unnamed sources, saying that Amazon opted for the PlayBook base model to speed up development:
Amazon's team determined they could build a tablet without the help and experience of [Amazon-owned design group] Lab 126, so they turned to Quanta, which helped them "shortcut" the development process by using the PlayBook as their hardware template.
However, since Siegler has allegedly played with the device, he makes a point to say that it's a much better experience than the critically panned BlackBerry tablet. "The software is better and, more importantly, the content available is much better," says Siegler. We believe that for sure.
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