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Would you buy an Amazon tablet?

Could a new kind of tablet from Amazon catch Apple’s iPad 2? Photographer: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg (Chris Ratcliffe/BLOOMBERG)

Could Amazon be next? And could it actually disrupt the market?

A report from GDGT’s Peter Rojas, tech reporter and founder of Engadget, speculates that Amazon is working on a tablet with Samsung for a summer release. He also sketches the concept of a tablet that would introduce something different to the market.

Rojas said Amazon is in the unique position to tie its current services with a tablet, replicating the success it’s had with the Kindle. Amazon could make its gadget a multimedia Kindle that’s hooked into Amazon’s book, music, video and Android apps stores.

Rojas also said that Amazon would be able — and smart — to sell a 7-inch tablet it makes for no more than $250, since it can assume it will receive more revenue through its stores.

Rojas’speculation does raise a crucial question: Could this kind of device sell? What he imagines here sounds like a super Kindle or an amped-up iPod Touch — mobile access to multimedia and stores, likely some e-mail functionality, and not much else. He doesn’t mention video cameras or any of the other bells and whistles that come with pricier tablets. If the price is right, a stripped-down tablet could take off, but the speculation he lays out makes this sound like the netbook of tablets.

How do you use your tablets? Would you be interested in this kind of device?

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AT&T to carry Amazon's 3G Kindle in stores

Amazon Appstore goes live

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.



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