Amazon Faces Problems with LCD Tablet Production
Amazon is facing a problem on securing a manufacturer for their rumored LCD tablet, as Apple Booked almost all of the tablet component makers.
According to a report, Amazon could face a problem with their rumored LCD tablet production due to Apple iPad 2’s occupation to most tablet manufacturers in the upcoming second half of the year. DigiTimes reported that touch panels makers Wintek, HannStar Display and J Touch received orders for a touchscreen tablet from Amazon.
However, Wintek also takes orders from Apple for their iPad and iPhone. Recent news about Wintek said that it will have a tight production schedule for the coming months, making ut diificult to accommodate orders from Amazon. On the other hand, TPK Holdings – a major supplier of touch modules for the iPad – said that they are uncertain to grab orders from Amazon because of the capacity problem.
Based on a report, Amazon is hoping to produce an initial batch of 1.5-2 million tablets. It is also said that online retailers will release the devices in September, targeting sales of 4 million tablets this year.
Another report from DigiTimes pointed out that Amazon sent orders to Quanta computer to develop a LCD tablet. Amazon also plans to partner with E-Ink Holdings for the said device. However, Apple had booked as much as 60% of the world’s touch panel manufacturers by offering upfront cash payments. This make Apple’s competitors feel the squeeze.View Article Source »