Amazon smartphone manufacturing in the works

on Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Amazon smartphone manufacturing in the worksFor more than a year, there have been rumors of an Amazon smartphone making an appearance on the market, and it would appear that these rumors can now be confirmed. A recent report in the Taiwan Economic News revealed Amazon is indeed working on its own smartphone, and it is being manufactured by Foxconn, an offshore manufacturing facility used by technology giant Apple.

The gadget, which is reportedly scheduled to be released in the second or third quarter of 2013, is anticipated to sell for between $100 and $200. The low price point makes it a potential top competitor for rival Apple's iPhone. Amazon has been a vocal proponent of keeping its costs of manufacturing low to ensure its devices are available to consumers at affordable prices.

The report revealed that the initial production was for only 5 million devices, indicating that the company may be hesitant to break into the smartphone market with a huge release. However, several sources report that if the device is anything like Amazon's wildly popular Kindle tablets and e-readers, it can be expected to perform well with consumers.

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