Amazon Smartphone Confirmed By WSJ Sources


Amazon Smartphone Confirmed By WSJ Sources

Amazon is reportedly working around the clock to launch their next-gen tablet, Kindle Fire 2, which will have to fight against Google’s Nexus 7. Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean-powered slate will debut in a few days on the US market with a price of $199, just like the first Kindle Fire which rapidly became the best selling Android tablet.

A trusted source close to Amazon’s supply chain, quoted by Wall Street Journal, reported that the online retailer giant and its partners are currently testing a smartphone. The same source indicated that the Amazon smartphone will be launched sometime in late 2012 or early 2013. For the time being Amazon and their suppliers are performing tests on the smartphone prototypes and it seems that the online retailer haven’t decided yet on the size of the display. Rumor has it that the Amazon smartphone will sport a screen sized between 4 and 5 inches (diagonally).

The ace up the sleeve of a smartphone developed by Amazon should be the low price, compared to Apple’s iPhone or Samsung’s Galaxy S3. The Amazon smartphone will definitely be underpinned by the Amazon store introduced with Kindle Fire, a tablet that enjoyed a commercial windfall due its very low price and high-end specifications.

Even though Amazon will not sell their smartphone on profit, the device will generate huge revenues for Seattle-based company, due to the payed adjacent services that come along with the gadget. Unfortunately, the experience provided by all those Amazon services is limited in certain countries, but the North American and several other big markets should be enough to help the online retailer make huge profits from service sales.

The technical specifications of the Amazon smartphone are yet unknown, but the device might have 1 GB of RAM, 8 megapixel camera and a quad-core Tegra 3 CPU manufactured by Nvidia.

A cheap Amazon smartphone with high-end specifications should be able to change the game on the smartphone market. Moreover, if the online retailer manages to launch it around the iPhone 5 release date, then it will be a real threat for Apple’s smartphone and a huge win for the Android platform.

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