Amazon apparently isn’t satisfied with just pushing out tablets – the retail giant is looking into entering the smartphone market as well. At least that’s what “two people with knowledge of the matter” claim.
The device will be manufactured by Foxconn, the same company that makes virtually all of Apple’s mobile products.
To be sure that it won’t be facing the patent war problems that other mobile device makers have seen in the past few years, Amazon is reportedly also seeking to acquire patents that cover wireless tech, which would help it fend off prospective lawsuits from the likes of Apple or Microsoft.
Unfortunately, no actual details about Amazon’s supposedly upcoming smartphone have leaked until now. We can assume that it will run some kind of forked Android build, just like the company’s first Kindle Fire tablet. But other than that, it’s pointless to speculate when we don’t even know if this will be a high-end device (to compete with Apple’s iPhone alongside the myriad of Android offerings), or a very affordable one (following the model which was used for the Kindle Fire). So stay tuned for more.
Amazon is also going to launch some new tablets this year. Yes tablets plural. At least if one analyst from NPD research is to be believed. The by now extensively rumored Kindle Fire 2 will come in no less than three versions, it seems (all with a 7-inch screen).
One will be a lower-end unit, keeping the 1024×600 resolution of the original Kindle Fire, and its lack of cameras. Its production is due to start in August.
Another model will have a 1280×800 touchscreen, equaling the resolution seen in what will probably be its biggest competitor – the Google Nexus 7. This will have at least one camera, and its production will start in August too.
The higher-end Kindle Fire 2 discussed above will also be released in an SKU that will come with built-in 4G data connectivity. September is the month during which this should go into mass production.
Finally, a bigger 8.9-inch Kindle Fire will come with a 1920×1200 screen, and its production is going to start sometime during Q4 (so between October and December).
According to the same analyst, a 10-inch Kindle Fire is out of the question for the near future. This comes to contradict some earlier reports on the matter.
That said, they’re all rumors right now, so you can choose which one(s) to believe. As always, we recommend a healthy dose of skepticism. That said, it’s pretty logical for Amazon to release one or more successors to the original Kindle Fire, so we’re not doubting that that will happen at some point. As for the details, well… we’ll have to wait and see.