Report: Amazon moving ahead on tablet

(Associated Press)

According to the report, Quanta Computer has received orders from Amazon to manufacture the tablet PC. The new tablets will use E Ink’s e-paper display for a touch panel.

The report also said that the tablet will have Fringe Field Switching technology, a color display that provides improved outdoor readability.

There’s already been speculation that Amazon and Samsung are working on a tablet, which would compete with Barnes and Noble’s recently upgraded Nook, a competitor to the Amazon’s wildly popular Kindle that behaves more like a tablet.

Amazon recently began selling Android mobile applications in its online store, adding to the speculation that it will introduce a tablet in the near future.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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