Back when the Amazon Kindle Fire tablet was merely a rumour, there were also whispers that the book giant might crank out a smartphone.
Well, now the Amazon Kindle Fire is a reality (for those in the US at least), and those smartphone rumours are back, courtesy of a Citigroup analyst.
Citigroup’s Mark Mahaney writes: “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. Based on our supply chain check, we believe FIH is now jointly developing the phone with Amazon.
“However, we believe that Amazon will pay NRE (non-recurring engineering fees) to FIH but the device and multiple components will actually be manufactured by Hon Hai’s TMS business group (the same business group that makes Amazon’s E-reader and the 8.9” Amazon tablet).
“We believe the smartphone will adopt Texas Instrument’s OMAP 4 processor and is very likely to adopt QCOM’s dual mode 6-series standalone baseband given QCOM has been a long-time baseband supplier for Amazon’s E-reader.”
Mahaney goes on to suggest that the Amazon smartphone might cost $150 to $170 to manufacture, and that it might be sold for something close to that. Presumably with Amazon then making profit from it’s various services and that.
We’d expect some sort of customised Android OS, as found on the Amazon Kindle Fire. Similarly, we won’t be surprised if the Amazon smartphone is US-only at launch. Sigh.