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Foxconn is allegedly working on the device now

After making a huge (and successful) splash in the tablet space with its Kindle Fire devices, it only makes sense that Amazon would give smartphones a shot -- and rumor has it that Foxconn has already manufactured a new model for the e-tailer.

According to a report by, Amazon's first smartphone will launch between the second and third quarter of 2013 and the e-tailer may ship as many as five million units for the year.

Foxconn has allegedly manufactured a new smartphone model for Amazon already, with touch panel makers J Touch Corp. and Young Fast Optoelectronics Co. rumored to be playing a role in the new smartphone's development.

Back in July of this year, Bloomberg reported that Amazon was looking to release a smartphone of its own as early as November 2012. Clearly that didn't happen, but other rumors have left the mill as well, such as the size of Amazon's first phone (4 to 5 inches).

Amazon dipped into the mobile realm last year when it released its first tablet, the Kindle Fire, in November 2011. The 7-inch, $199 tablet was a hit during the holiday season, moving 4.7 million units in Q4 2011. This was nearly one-third of what Apple's iPad accomplished during that same period (15.4 million units).

In September of this year, Amazon announced the successor to the Kindle Fire: Kindle Fire HD. The HD comes in 7-inch, 8.9-inch or 4G LTE models. The 7-inch model shipped September 14 at $199 while the 8.9-inch model shipped November 20 for $299. For those willing to step up to the 4G LTE Fire HD, it shipped November 20 for $499 -- and don't forget the great data package that offers 250 MB of bandwidth per month, 20 GB of cloud storage space and a $10 Appstore credit all for $49.99 per year. 


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Good luck to them....
By Moishe on 12/18/2012 2:55:15 PM , Rating: 2
Not that the Android world needs another big fish, but Amazon has an ecosystem that all of the others (except Google) do not have. They will probably do very well.

That being said, they are playing the low price game with the kindle, and the resulting hardware is not top notch. Don't get me wrong, the kindles are nice, but they're not up to the same design standards as the halo phones. So I wonder if their phones would then target the same kind of market... middle price point.

RE: Good luck to them....
By menting on 12/18/2012 3:16:34 PM , Rating: 3
if Google can offer up the 8GB Nexus 4 for $300, amazon can probably offer a midrange dual core Snapdragon S4 for $200-$250, which would suit a lot of people just fine.

RE: Good luck to them....
By nedsand on 12/18/2012 4:26:51 PM , Rating: 2
Exactly. Most people only Facebook/web surf/email anyhow. That is the reason I haven't upgraded my wife's original Kindle Fire. It does what it's supposed to do, she doesn't complain or know any better. It's a win/win and at $199 it has served it's purpose very well for the last year.

RE: Good luck to them....
By Jeffk464 on 12/18/2012 5:45:39 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, count me in. I can't buy a phone on contract anymore or I loose my unlimited data.

RE: Good luck to them....
By Quadrillity on 12/18/2012 5:02:42 PM , Rating: 4
This is great news for the Android ecosystem. Unlike other markets, we welcome and encourage competition and innovation. It forces technological advancements, and lowers prices.

RE: Good luck to them....
By Moishe on 12/19/2012 5:06:04 PM , Rating: 2
We? Are you employed with Google/Android?

RE: Good luck to them....
By Jeffk464 on 12/18/2012 5:43:26 PM , Rating: 2
Maybe they will sell it cheap and then we can root it and put a pure android rom on it. :)

RE: Good luck to them....
By Moishe on 12/19/2012 5:06:54 PM , Rating: 2
Like the first Nook? Heck yeah. It's these kind of cheap devices that give the modder community (and soccer moms) good toys.

"A lot of people pay zero for the cellphone ... That's what it's worth." -- Apple Chief Operating Officer Timothy Cook

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