Just a few short months ago, talk of a possible Kindle Phone release date grew from whispers to screams as we heard that Amazon had already placed an order for at least 5 million of the things. Despite having not been confirmed but the company in terms of its specs, features or ultimate launch schedule, a Foxconn worker emerged with details of the order and it was looking as good as concrete – the Kindle Phone was coming soon.
Well, the good news is that by rights it still looks like the Kindle Phone is only its way, though chances are not quite as soon as we’d all hoped. Backing previous reports from Jeffries in February Digitimes is now suggesting that said 5 million Amazon Kindle Phones haven’t exactly been as easy to put together as initially thought, which in turn means that launch delay is looking inevitable.
According to the latest reports, it was originally the intention of Amazon to bring the Kindle Phone to the public across the US and beyond before the start of Q3 this year. This isn’t looking like it’s going to happen with the current course of events, as along with assembly issues Amazon is also reportedly having trouble getting the Kindle Phone’s modified version of Android perfected for Smartphone use.
As it stands, the most plausible estimate for things to get back on track is somewhere around June for steady production, which would in all likelihood mean a July or August release date – basically as soon as sufficient numbers have been stockpiled.
In any case, chances of a Kindle Phone turning up sooner are later are pretty high to say the least, as while Amazon execs haven’t specifically said that such a device is in the pipeline, they’ve skirted around the issue with the kind of teasers you can read pretty easily.