We've been hearing rumors of a potential Amazon tablet for some time now (no, I'm not referring to the Amazon Blaze), and not only are they true, but the device should be coming out quite soon.

TechCrunch's MG Siegler recently spent some hands-on time with the device that will simply be known as the 'Amazon Kindle,' and while he couldn't take any photos of it, he has painted a picture with words, describing, in great detail, what he saw and how he felt about the device.

For starters, the device is a seven-incher, which Siegler compares in appearance to both the Nook Color and the BlackBerry Playbook. It runs Android, but it's not like any Android device we've ever seen before -- Amazon has customized the interface from the the ground up, and it's all based on a pre-2.2 version of Android.

The tablet won't come sporting any Google apps at all - no Gmail, Gtalk, or Maps; not even the Android Market. Instead, the device is quite Amazon-centric, and features the Appstore as its go-to app playground, Cloud Player for music, and Amazon Instant Video will be handling all of the movie-playing dirty work.

From a hardware standpoint, Siegler didn't get a whole lot of details, but he did get enough to give a good idea of what the device is capable of. It's assumed to be running on a single-core chip, although clock speed was of no mention. It's only packing 6GB of internal storage, but considering its cloud-powered nature, this should be more than enough. A camera of any kind is absent, and the backing has a rubbery PlayBook-like feel to it.

The current cost for consumers looks to be around $250, putting this badboy right in line with the Nook Color. If it does well, a more powerful, ten-inch version will arise from the success, but we won't see that one until at least Q1 of 2012, if we see it at all.

This new Kindle is expected to be available for consumers before the holiday season, with an expected release sometimes in November.

I've only hit key points on what the Kindle is said to bring, so if you're interested in the full details of this device, I urge you to take a look at the full post on TechCrunch.

Cameron Summerson
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  • Will

    Suddenly I'm not-so-excited for this anymore... :-/

  • brett6781

    looks liike Amazon is the first major US company to make a distro of Android... interesting...

    • ocdtrekkie

      Uh... dude... The Nook Color, which is effectively what this is cloning, also uses a heavily customized variant of Android 2.x

      Not new, lol.

  • Namuna

    Single core, no camera, no 3G/4G, no thanks.

    What a snooze-fest this turns out to be...But then again for the "Kindle" crowd, the supposed free Amazon Prime and likely Kindle book deals could appeal to them.

  • Yoyo ma

    If it's a pre-2.2 version of Android, many of the apps in their own store won't even work. Unless this becomes an XDA favorite like the Nook color, I think I'll pass.

  • Ribbys

    Im not surprised it has low specs. They are looking to support their media sales for books and music, not push the market for high tech tablets.

  • ty luminati

    what a waste i guess archos tablet with 250gb for me.. not interested no more in amazon tablet after these specs..now i'll wait to see asus tegra3 tab.

  • StephenM

    As soon as it said Amazon App Store only and Amazon Video, I completely lost interest in this device, as this makes it US only. I guess I will have to wait for a Samsung Galaxy Tab or some other tablet.

  • Philip

    With everything hooked directly into paid Amazon services and taken the low specs into account - this thing should not be priced higher than $100. Seriously, $250 is a rip-off...

  • Doug Fiedor

    Sounds silly to me. Of course, people who don't know any better may buy it.

    But, didn't I see an article here about a new 7" tablet running 2.3 that will do everything -- and a lot more -- than what Amazon plans to offer? So, why wouldn't I buy that for $199 rather than something less for $250?

    It sounds to me like Amazon got some very bad information somewhere along the line, eh?

  • JinRoh

    US Only? Or will it be International like the Kindle now?

    Because of the fact that most Amazon App's are US only I believe it will sadly not come out here in Europe.

  • Skillit

    I'n the end it's gonna have the same destiny of the Nook Color, either a glorified e-book reader or as a cheap tablet after some hack.

    In any event I doubt this is going to be a revolution in Android tablets.

  • ollie

    Wow... what a flaming bag of suck!

    Ill keep my original NC with CM7, thanks...

  • sarnac

    without a camera, there's no barcode scanner ... and a walkaround barcode scanner with auto-add-this-barcoded-item-if-available-to-my-amazon-cart would be an amazon killer-app, using entire malls as an unintentional amazon storefront ... shop-in-person-but-cheap-online

  • apple

    Nook Color Android-based tablet/eReader from Barnes & Noble has been on the market for over a year and sold millions of units at $250. Gives Flash, apps, videos, color magazines and ebooks with video inserts, and the best anti-glare coated screen on the market. Technology "giant" Amazon is finally catching up with the book store company by copying their device.

  • MindStrider

    "Pre-2.2" Bloody hell. Please tell me that's a typo.

  • BatchMan

    Not as excited any more but there is one thing that makes no sense. If you read the full TechCrunch article you find this:

    "Again, it uses Amazon’s Android Appstore, so all of the content accepted into that store will play well on this device. Apps, games, content, you name it."

    If it is compatible with everything in Amazon's Appstore then it has to be at least 2.3 based and a NVIDIA TEGRA chipset as the appstore has lots of apps that require at least Android 2.2 and two games that are THD (Trainz Simulator THD and Backbreaker THD) which require the TEGRA processor.

    Trainz btw requires at least 2.3 and the Tegra processor.

    All that's left now is to wait for the official info...but if this report is accurate I will be looking elsewhere for my new tab.

  • Sleepin in CA

    Amazons own operating system eh? No thanks ill keep my rooted nook color. Maybe when this gets rooted ill buy one. But since its not Aosp Android......it can go f*ck itself. Why do manufacturers destroy such a wonderful os by "personalizing" it for their company. So stupid.