Apple, Amazon & Samsung all set to rush out new tablets next month

by Doug Drinkwater

August 13 2013

Apple is expected to cut the price of the original iPad mini (Image: Apple)
Apple is expected to cut the price of the original iPad mini (Image: Apple)

Hold up on buying that new tablet -- a new report claims that Apple, Amazon, Google, Intel and Samsung all intend to release their latest models next month.

Citing “sources from the upstream supply chain”, Digitimes reports that Apple will kick-start this buying frenzy by introducing two new iPhones – including a budget model -- and iPads at its special event on September 10.

As a result, the website writes that the company will cut the price of its iPhone 5 and original iPad mini, news which could yet give a boost to Apple’s flagging tablet sales.

Apple will not, however, be the only tablet player with new models on show next month.

Confirming earlier reports, Digitimes says that Samsung will announce its new Galaxy Note 3 – most likely at the IFA tech show in Germany – and confirms those rumors that Amazon will unveil its latest 7-inch and 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD tablets for between $149 and $169.

Google, which rivals Amazon in the low-end Android tablet segment, is also expected to bring its recently-launched Nexus 7 tablet to new countries.

In addition, September is likely to be a busy time for Microsoft's hardware partners, with Windows 8.1 pencilled in to arrive to the general public and on new, smaller tablets in October.

Digitimes reports that Intel will host a press conference in the U.S. on September 15 in order to showcase these latest hybrid tablets with Windows 8.1 and featuring the chipmaker’s Haswell and Bay Trail processors.

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