Report: Amazon Smartphone One Step Closer to Production
December 18, 2012 1:10 PM
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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,
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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RE: Good luck to them....
12/18/2012 5:43:26 PM
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....
12/19/2012 5:06:54 PM
Like the first Nook? Heck yeah. It's these kind of cheap devices that give the modder community (and soccer moms) good toys.
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