05 Sep '11, 9pm

Amazon's upcoming tablet will be smaller and cheaper than Apple's iPad, sources reveal

LOS ANGELES - Amazon.com plans to unveil a cheaper, smaller US$250 (S$301) rival to Apple's iPad tablet device in November, industry blog TechCrunch reported on Friday. Sporting a back-lit 7-inch screen - smaller than the iPad's and about the same as Research in Motion's PlayBook - the device is geared toward playing music and movies off the Internet, the tech blog reported. TechCrunch, which said it had used a testing prototype, reported that the plan was for Amazon to offer Amazon Prime - its US$79-a-year Internet streaming service - for free along with the gadget. It did not cite any sources. Amazon did not respond to requests for comment. The world's largest online retailer's first entry in the tablet computing arena - its Kindle functions more like an electronic-book reader - has been touted as a strong contender to Apple, whose cheapest tablet goes for US$499. Mr And...

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