Even though the Kindle Fire has only been out for a couple of days, rumors are already circulating about what Amazon could be planning for next year - a foray into the smartphone world.

According to a research report put out this morning by a couple of Citi analysts, Amazon appears to be developing a smartphone in collaboration with Foxconn, though the actual device will most like be manufactured by the same company that produces the Kindle line. The suggested chip under the hood of this device is said to be a TI OMAP4, with a Qualcomm dual mode 6-series standalone baseband handling the radio work.

The estimated cost for parts is roughly $150 to $170, which points towards a sub-$300 device, suggesting that this will be a mid-ranger when (if) it eventually hits the market. It's likely that Amazon may drop the price even lower, taking a bit of a hit on the hardware (much like with the Kindle Fire), as the company would make all of its money on the backend through digital content, subscription services, etc.

While there isn't much more info available at this time, the idea of an Amazon phone is definitely an intriguing one. Amazon Blaze, anyone?


Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Philip

    The development of the first Amazon smartphone is a natural step and an indicator that they will be acquiring T-Mobile next. Amazon is really taking on the big boys!

    • oddball

      I have been wondering about that myself. It is a natural step. That would allow them to offer a huge advantage with their kindle free 3g/4g for amazon products and reasonable monthly or pay as you go data for non amazon services. Especially as the rumor mill has been turning out a 10" kindle as well as the smartphone.

  • http://www.justrootit.com Wrxtc714

    This is good and bad.
    I was just talking to my cousin yesterday about building android from source and started a project for an Amazon phone to then pitch to them.
    I knew it needed to be done but I guess I am a little silly for not figuring that they already had the project started.
    This is good because I need my apps in more hands. That's what prompted the idea in the first place since I only publish in the Amazon Appstore now.
    Either way I will be releasing some custom firmware soon with the Amazon Appstore preinstalled. I will do all I can to help keep people away from the android Market because it is a very dangerous place.
    Amazon has the right idea with their Appstore and approval process. I see them becoming huge really soon. Glad I am in early. Competition will be fighting for my positions.
    Download the Amazon Appstore today for a safer app experience.

    • wtf???


    • http://schpydurx.livejournal.com ProfessorTom

      If you really want to develop safe apps, develop for iOS. iOS users pay more for apps on the whole, the OS provides the necessary frameworks and with security measures such as sandboxing and entitlements built into the operating system along with the curation of the store, your customers will have the best user experience on the mobile devices with the highest demand.

  • http://GrantGarrison.com OMGrant

    Amazon Blaze!

  • April

    I heard it's going to have a solar charger on the battery cover to help keep it Juiced!

  • zach

    Amazon Rain anyone?