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Amazon To Launch Kindle Smartphone In 2012?

If a report by an analyst for financial powerhouse Citi is to be believed, online retailer Amazon may be looking to launch a smartphone very soon, a move that will bring it even closer to its main rival, Apple.

The analyst firm released an alert saying, "based on our supply chain channel checks in Asia led by Kevin Chang, Citi's Taipei-based hardware research analyst, we believe an Amazon Smartphone will be launched in 4Q12".

Ironically, the phone could be manufactured by none other than Foxconn Electronics, which also produces the iPhone. The phone is likely to be powered by a Texas Instrument OMAP4 chipset - the Kindle Fire has a 1GHz TI OMAP4430, a dual core model.

It may also have a "dual mode 6-series standalone baseband" from rival Qualcomm, possibly the MDM6600 Gobi 3300. As for the Kindle, Amazon is likely to sell the smartphone with little or no profit which will make life torrid at the mainstream level.

We've already heard rumours that pure PC manufacturers will exit the tablet market following the arrival of devices such as the Amazon Kindle Fire, the Barnes And Noble Nook Colour and the Apple iPad 2, all of which are tied with their own proprietary ecosystems.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.