Amazon tablets could arrive in August, with TI chip in tow

Rumors about an Amazon tablet have been floating around for almost a year now. But ever since we blew the lid off the whole thing back in May, it’s been one piece of new information after another. Immediately following our report, a rumor came out saying Amazon’s tablets were codenamed “Coyote” and “Hollywood” and would be powered by Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors respectively. But not so fast.

Digitimes is now reporting Amazon will use Texas Instruments chips inside these tablets. Coincidentally, that’s exactly what Taylor said in his article back in May:

Whether Amazon…

Rumors about an Amazon tablet have been floating around for almost a year now. But ever since we blew the lid off the whole thing back in May, it’s been one piece of new information after another. Immediately following our report, a rumor came out saying Amazon’s tablets were codenamed “Coyote” and “Hollywood” and would be powered by Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 processors respectively. But not so fast.

Digitimes is now reporting Amazon will use Texas Instruments chips inside these tablets. Coincidentally, that’s exactly what Taylor said in his article back in May:

However, going back to my gut feeling I think Texas Instruments could be the big winner here. There OMAP3 powered the Nook Color and their new dual-core 1.5 GHz OMAP4 will be ready in the second half of 2011.Taylor WimberlyAndroid and Me

Whether Amazon uses Tegra 3 or OMAP4, the tablets are coming between August and September according to Digitimes. That’s only a couple of months away. Unless Google releases Ice Cream Sandwich before then, my guess is these tablets will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sadly, the web giant won’t be able to use Honeycomb, since Google isn’t going to open source it.

Amazon could always update the tablets to Android 4.0 once Google releases it, but there’s just something about a tablet running Gingerbread that makes my skin crawl. What do you guys think? Does a tablet with Gingerbread put you off? What about Tegra 3 vs OMAP4? Which would you rather have on a tablet? Let us know in the comments.


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