Tomorrow, Amazon will be announcing its first full tablet, and details of the thing have been leaking like crazy, so here’s what we know so you can look cool and informed tomorrow morning. It will be called the Amazon Kindle Fire, it will run Android (some had been holding out a remote hope that Amazon would revive webOS) and will be $250.
The Fire will be a 7 inch backlit tablet, that looks much like the Blackberry Playbook, because it’s made by the same manufacturer. While Amazon has the ability to design something from scratch, apparently they wanted to save time to get this out by the holidays this year.
While the tablet runs Android, it’s a completely customized version that will look nothing like every other Android tablet on the market like the Xoom or Galaxy Tab. The Amazon App store will be fully integrated, and Amazon will be leveraging its recent deal with Fox to provide unique content for Amazon customers and Fire owners.
There won’t be a built-in email client which is lame. Rather you can just check your webmail via the browser or get an email app through the app store. The Fire will run on a 1.2ghz TI dual-core OMAP chip, which is the same chip used in the Playbook.
Barnes and Noble will also be launching its tablet later this year, the Nook Color 2, which is why Amazon wants to hurry hurry on announcing their tablet. The Fire will go for probably $250, but possibly $300, while the Nook Color 2 will be going for $250 most likely.
Between this and rumors of an iPad price drop and other tablets coming in at the sub $400 or 500 mark, it looks like that this holiday season will be all about some fucking tablets.