Amazon planning a Kindle smartphone for Q4 2012

17 Nov 2011

Amazon is planning to bring out a Kindle smartphone next year, according to a report. The company has just launched its Kindle Fire Android-based tablet computer, so a smartphone seems to be the next logical step.

It is expected that the new mobile device will launch in the fourth quarter of 2012 in collaboration with Taiwanese contract manufacturer FIH.

A Citigroup research note obtained by All Things Digital indicates that the device will adopt Texas Instruments’ OMAP4 processor and Qualcomm’s dual-mode, six-series baseband.

It is expected that Amazon will pay US$150 to US$170 to build the device and will sell it for close to that figure.

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years