DigiTimes is reporting that its sources have confirmed that Quanta has received OEM orders from Amazon to begin building a tablet computer. Though details are scarce, Amazon’s iPad competitor will reportedly feature a multitouch screen from E Ink Holdings and Fringe Field Switching (FFS) technology. Quanta will reportedly produce up to 800,000 units of the tablet a month and could begin shipping it as early as the second half of this year.
Since the iPad was unveiled a little over a year ago, there hasn’t been a tablet that’s even come close to matching its popularity. Many in the industry had high hopes for Motorola’s Xoom, but sales have continued to disappoint. If anyone could take on the iPad, it just might be Amazon. Their Kindle ebook reader is widely popular in America and Europe, and if they decide to offer a full-fledged “Kindle tablet,” they at least would have the brand-name recognition going for them.