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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 CENS.com, 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. 

Source: CENS.com





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