“As you might have heard from my man MG over at TechCrunch, Amazon’s definitely got a Kindle tablet in the works, and supposedly looks a lot like RIM’s failing (failed?) PlayBook,” Ryan Block reports for GDGT.

When “Amazon’s executives decided to do an Android tablet — far likelier to respond to the dark-horse success of the Nook Color than to the adjacent success of the iPad — Amazon’s own Kindle group (called Lab 126) apparently opted not to take on the project, in favor of continuing to work solely on next-gen E-Ink-based devices,” Block reports. “From there, Amazon’s team determined they could build a tablet without the help and experience of Lab 126, so they turned to Quanta, which helped them “shortcut” the development process by using the PlayBook as their hardware template… I’m told Amazon ran into trouble, and eventually sacrifices were made (like using a slower processor).”

Block reports, ” I’m told that this first tablet of theirs is ‘supposed to be pretty poor’ and is a ‘stopgap’ in order to get a tablet out the door for the 2011 holiday season.”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "Thomas65807" for the heads up.]

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