The title of this post must seem a little strange when you consider that neither Apple nor Amazon has admitted that such a device exists; yet here we are. The iPad 2 HD aka Plus is rumored to be released in the fall, as is the Amazon Tablet and both have some ambitious sales ahead. Both tablet devices will likely sell in huge quantities, which does seem a strange thing to say about a tablet that is ready to take on the might that is Apple.
We do not want to come across here as Apple fans, we are just stating a fact when we say that no other tablet has been able to rival the iPad 2 or the previous model come to that. It is no secret that the likes of RIM with their BlackBerry PlayBook, and Motorola with their Xoom has been unable to crack the dominance of the iPad, so what makes Amazon so different?
Amazon is in a much better position for a number of reasons; the first is because they already have an infrastructure in place to provide digital content. PC World suggests that this could have a positive affect on the price of the Amazon Tablet, as we know that they are not afraid to be very flexible with their pricing.
There are rumors that the rumored Amazon Tablet could be a powerful beast as well; a quad-core processor has been suggested. However, Apple could have an answer for this latest rival in the way of an updated iPad 2, the HD or Plus. There had been rumors that the iPad 3 would be released in the fall along with the iPhone 5, but this does not seem viable.
The iPad 2 Plus or HD is said to be a high-end model, and as such one would expect a few upgrade enhancements. Now we are not too certain what those upgrades will be, but increased resolution has been suggested. There has been no mention of a speed bump for the CPU, but you can be certain that those rumors will be flying around soon.
DigiTimes reports from sources that they expect sales of the Amazon Tablet to hit more than one million in the third quarter, well all except Apple. They should ship around 15 million in the same quarter. Now when you look at it like that, how can Amazon ever hope to compete with Apple?
*Identifying Monetised Links - outgoing links that we monetise are marked with an '*' symbol.