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Amazon will launch a Kindle phone next year

Amazon do already has its Kindle e-reader and its Kindle Fire tablet. Amazon has plans to spread out with Kindle Smartphones too.

The device, so far dubbed the Kindle Phone for want of any other name. According to All Things D, it will be unveiled around this time next year in the fourth of 2012. The source of the information is Citigroup’s research department which bases its theory on intelligence collected from supply chains.

Mark Maheney, an analyst at Citigroup said that supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst and based on that they hope to unveil an Amazon Smartphone in 4Q12. He also informed that the device will use a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and QCOM’s 6 series standalone baseband. It seems that QCOM will supply parts for Amazon’s Kindle e-reader.

The phone will run based on Google’ Android operating system (OS). Maheney mentioned that Amazon will consume Microsoft an “OS royalty” for licenses to patents that Microsoft claims cover Android. And, after all, The Amazon Kindle Fire tablet runs Android so we would expect a Kindle Phone to use the same OS. Citigroup estimate the device’s cost between $150 (£95) and  $170 (£107) to make and that it is possible that Amazon will sell it for close to these figures.

The Kindle Fire tablet is available only in the US at present, so the Kindle Phone could be released in the US before other countries too.

Source: theinquirer

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