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[Rumor] Amazon's Android Tablet Will Be Called Fire and Will Look Like BlackBerry Playbook

Steven Blum

On Wednesday, Amazon is expected to reveal their new tablet, the Amazon Fire. It'll be a 7-incher that'll look a lot like the Blackberry Playbook because it was designed and built by the same manufacturer, Quanta. According to Tech Crunch, while the tablet is based on the Android kernel, it actually looks and feels nothing like it. 

With the tablet, Amazon will be unveiling a huge multimedia store featuring titles from the likes of FOX and, of course, Amazon's own store. Other details include a TI dual-core 1.2GHz OMAP chip.

Pricing is still a mystery but rumors swirl somewhere between $250 and $300.


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  • Tyler Morrisson Sep 27, 2011 Link

    I don't care how they teather the tablet. Any Android tablet under $300 is going to get me interested.

  • Sam-Droid Sep 27, 2011 Link

    I agree it wouldn't make any sense but companies have done some stupider things in the past. Esp. when some executive gets the hair-brain notion that they're on to "the next big thing" but even if they don't release a full Android tablet, the specs seem good enough to justify a root and custom ROM combo. It will just be a matter of time before the CM people get it together like they did with the TouchPad.

  • Bob Hart Sep 27, 2011 Link

    I can't imagine they would restrict functionality too much. I mean they don't just sell books and music. They also sell games and referance utilites so it wouldn't make sense for them to restrict too much. They would be taking away their own products from customers which wouldn't make any sense.

  • Sam Buchbinder Sep 27, 2011 Link

    Hmm well I'll stay open for it but I keep hearing that it's only based on the Android kernal but it's mostly an Amazon UI. If they pull it off it could be cool but I guess well just have to play a waiting game till the "Fire" is officially launched. Have there been any leaks or screen shots yet?

  • Fabien Roehlinger Sep 27, 2011 Link

    As far as I know it'll be a full Android tablet. To be honest: Everything else would be a huge disappointment.

  • Alex Jagolny Sep 27, 2011 Link

    So is it just going to be a suped up ebook reader? Or a full on Android tablet?