You really can’t keep a good Smartphone rumor down and when it comes to tenacity, a tip of the hat has to go to the notion of an Amazon Kindle Phone release date already penciled in for 2013. Once again, reports are flying in thick and fast of the fabled first Smartphone from the online giant, which apparently not only exists but has been commissioned for production to none other than Foxconn on an “exclusive” basis.
The most recent reports concerning the Amazon Kindle Phone also suggest that the online retail giant has ordered an initial shipment of 5 million units, suggesting extreme confidence in their very first Smartphone. With regard to release date, the most common and largely realistic projection at this stage puts the Kindle Phone launch sometime around next summer, most likely toward the end of Q2.
Following in the footsteps of the Amazon Kindle Fire , the Kindle Phone is expected to continue the legacy of offering incredible specs and features for a bargain price tag, which some have suggested could be as low as $200 contract-free.
If so, the LG Nexus 4 could officially lose its title as Smartphone bargain of the decade to date.
Reports that Foxconn had been lined up to take control of Amazon Kindle Phone production originated a couple of months ago, but have now been backed with additional claims that the company literally scrambled to secure the order, following the faltering of other supply contracts and lower shipment requests from brands including Nokia.
Sources as authoritative as the Wall Street Journal have also got on board over recent weeks, having suggested that the Amazon Kindle Phone is already in the late testing phases and will ship with a screen measuring in an four to five inches.
And from the horse’s mouth itself…so to speak…Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has so far responded to questions about an Amazon Kindle Phone with nothing less incriminating than giggles and a “Wait and see” directive.
As good as confirmed, in our books at least.