Anyone expecting Amazon to release a tablet computer that will compete with the iPad might want to dial back expectations.
A source close to the company tells us that Amazon is launching at least one tablet later this year, but it will be an advanced e-reader with a colour screen and some apps — more akin to the Nook colour from Barnes & Noble than the iPad.
This matches what a developer told CNET earlier this month: Amazon is set to announce a 7-inch tablet “any day now,” but it will likely have a low-powered chip and no camera.
It’s focused on the Nook colour because that’s where the Kindle is most vulnerable.
Now, this doesn’t mean Amazon won’t develop a full fledged tablet down the road. But for now, it’s going to focus on controlling the e-reader space it has defined for the last three years.