|The Taiwan tech newspaper quoted sources at component suppliers saying Amazon's first tablet verision, a 7-inch unit, is being manufactured by Quanta Computer, and that it will begin shipping in October, in time for holiday sales.|
Mass production of Amazon's 10.1-inch version tablet will be "conducted in the first quarter of 2012 with Foxconn Electronics (Hon Hai Precision Industry) to handle the orders," according to the report. FoxConn already manufactures Amazon's popular e-book reader, the Kindle. The company also makes Apple's iPad and iPhone.
Amazon is expected to price its new tablet lower than Apple's iPad, particularly in light of the TouchPad's success during the $99 fire sale after HP discontinued the product. Amazon isn't likely to dip that low in pricing, but the company could dip below the $300 price piont and find success, some analysts say.