We thought there might be a chance that Jeff Bezos showed off Amazon.com’s mysterious new tablet computers at the company meeting yesterday in Seattle. But nothing came of it that we know of. Now, a report out of China suggests that the Seattle online retailer will start mass production of a 10.1 inch tablet computer some time in the first quarter of next year, while a smaller 7-inch tablet is slated for October.
Chinese news site DigiTimes, citing component supplier sources, reports that Foxconn Electronics is producing the larger device while Quanta Computer is producing the smaller one.
There’s been plenty of speculation about Amazon’s tablet plans, with a report out this week that the company could sell as many as five million of the Android-based devices in the fourth quarter. That’s a pretty bullish number, given that Apple has sold about 30 million iPads to date.
Asked about the company’s tablet plans earlier this year by Consumer Reports, Bezos simply said “stay tuned.”
Meanwhile, Amazon is reportedly working on a new site design, one which The Next Web indicates could be maximized for tablets.
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