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The e-tailer is currently testing the device

Amazon entered the hardware arena with its Kindle e-readers back in 2007 and then the Kindle Fire in 2011. Now, its stepping into the world of smartphones -- and the spec rumors have only just begun.

Just last week, it was reported that Amazon was expected to release its first smartphone in November 2012. The e-tailer is working with Foxconn International Holdings Ltd. to make the new device, and it is looking to compete with the likes of Apple's iPhone and Google's Android-powered phones.

According to The Wall Street Journal, Amazon's new smartphone will have a 4 to 5-inch screen. This lands in the realm of the iPhone, which will now have a 4-inch screen, and Samsung's Galaxy S III, which is a bit on the larger side at 4.8 inches.

Amazon plans to release the new smartphone either later this year or early next year. The e-tailer is currently testing the device.

In addition to a smartphone, Amazon is also looking to release the successor to its original Kindle Fire tablet this year.
Some specs have already leaked, such as the 1280x800 resolution, an aspect ratio of 1.60 rather than 1.71, and a thinner, lighter frame. According to AllThingsD, the new tablet should be released in late Q3 2012.

Source: The Wall Street Journal

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RE: Value Proposition for Amazon?
By GotThumbs on 7/11/2012 11:46:23 AM , Rating: 2
Since Apples greatest income generator IS its portal and 30% toll charge. Amazon is just implementing the same strategy. Consumers have shown a willingness to be bound to a proprietary ecosystem such as Apples, so why not expect Amazon or some other company to follow suit? Apple has shown that consumers will pay again and again for the same product with minor upgrades. They would be foolish NOT to take advantage of this opportunity.

I don't follow this trend, but since a majority of this county has shown it does (Apple, FB, etc.) ....its to be expected until (If ever) consumers wake-up to the controlled ecosystem model.

RE: Value Proposition for Amazon?
By augiem on 7/11/2012 2:05:08 PM , Rating: 3
Apple makes FAR more money off their hardware sales than they do their media store. Look at the annual reports. Hardware is king. iTunes and App store are a tiny fraction of their revenue.

"Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment -- same piece of hardware -- paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that's a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be." -- Steve Ballmer

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