Amazon Kindle Smartphone Set for Release with Foxconn?

(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – Online retail giant Amazon could be planning an expansion of its Kindle line with the introduction of a smartphone device, according to a Friday report from The Telegraph which cited unnamed sources.

Details were scarce but industry analysts have long speculated such a movie could be in the works, especially after the company introduced its Kindle Fire tablet for just $199.00 late last year.

Another report from Bloomberg.com said the device would be developed with Foxconn, an electronics manufacturer already notable for its work on Apple products including the iPhone and iPad.

Foxconn already produces some Amazon products, so a partnership on a new device should come as no surprise. However, Amazon notably didn’t rely on the Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer for its first Kindle Fire, instead using companies including Inventec and Quanta. A February report from CNET did indicate that the company was working to release a 10-inch Kindle Fire with Foxconn sometime in the future.

In November, Mark Mahaney of Citigroup noted that the device could be in the mix, according to All Things D. “Based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi’s Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12,” Mahaney stated at the time.

A Kindle smartphone device could go head to head with other industry offerings, most notably Apple’s iPhone, a product that continues to dominate a fair share of the mobile market.

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