Evidence is growing that Amazon is going to introduce its own smartphone next year. The latest report gives additional information on timing and pricing.
Several reports have indicated that this is the handset will be released next year. Today, Taiwan Economic News narrowed that a bit, saying that it will be introduced sometime in spring or summer.
The Taiwanese source also said Amazon was planning to charge between $100 and $200. It’s not clear whether this will be the price with contract or without. If it’s with a two-year service contract, then it’s fairly typical. If it’s without, Amazon will be breaking new ground.
Amazon’s Kindle tablets are sold with little or no profit margin because this company makes its money by selling users software, music, books, and video. The company may use the same strategy with its phone.
Amazon reportedly plans to order 5 million units be manufactured by Foxconn.
At this point, little is known about the specifics of this device. Even it’s operating system is a mystery, although most speculate that it will probably be a heavily modified version of Google’s Android — Amazon’s tablets have such an arrangement.
There has also been speculation that this smartphone will have a larger-than-average display. If Amazon hopes to sell lots of books, games, and video, a big screen might be a help. The company could even be considering a phablet — a device that falls tween phones and tablets in size, like the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note II.