With its Kindle Fire tablet fresh out the door, could Amazon be quietly preparing a phone, as well? According to a Citigroup research note quoted by AllThingsD, that's just what the company is doing.
The note says "supply chain checks" in Taiwan have revealed that Amazon has teamed up with F1H to develop the device, which is planned to hit the market in the fourth quarter of next year. Rumor has it the phone will feature a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and cost around $150-170 to build. There's no word on what operating system Amazon will use, though.
This prediction might sound a little far-fetched, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it come to light. An Amazon phone could offer access to videos and e-books, but because of its small display, it may be better suited as a vehicle to promote Amazon's MP3 music service—something the Kindle Fire and Kindle e-book readers aren't designed to do. Also, various reports around the web have suggested that Amazon could make a bid for HP's webOS division. If that happens, the online retailer could have an easier time getting into smartphones.
|Core M-based Compute Stick coming early next year||4|
|Republic of Gamers laptops power up with Skylake CPUs||0|
|MSI infuses its gaming laptops with Skylake CPUs||1|
|H170 and B150 chipsets arrive on Asus' mainstream Skylake mobos||8|
|Tuesday Night Shortbread||13|
|The Skylake Core i3-6320 is the gamer's new best friend||53|
|Intel: No plans for a socketed Skylake with eDRAM||35|
|Moto X Pure Edition pre-orders begin September 2||16|
|Beta-test the Force in Star Wars Battlefront this October||13|
|auxy, give SSK back his login!||+48|