Rumour: Foxconn making 5m Amazon smartphones ahead of 2013 launch

Rumour: Foxconn making 5m Amazon smartphones ahead of 2013 launchFew people here in the West had even heard of Foxconn before the iPhone came along, but for one reason or another the last five years has made the company that makes Apple's most recognisable product a household name in its own right the world over.

But while Apple remains the manufacturer's biggest client, it's by no means the only one, and the hot news today is that Amazon has tasked it to build its own stab at smartphone immortality.

Rumours of an Amazon smartphone are nothing new – we were already hearing talk of a “family” of Android devices 18 months ago, before the first-gen Kindle Fire tablet was even announced. Foxconn's name has come up before now too, having been linked with the rumours as far back as July.

But now the Taiwan Economic News has some specifics: it claims Foxconn has exclusive rights to build the Amazon smartphone, with an initial order for five million units having been placed.

The piece goes on to say the handset will be officially unveiled somewhere in Q2 or Q3 next year, so from the start of March to the end of September, which isn't really narrowing things down all that much.

But that's probably more to do with Amazon wanting to get the timing of the launch right, rather than genuinely not being sure when its first stab at the smartphone market will be ready.

Sadly, it's likely that every one of those five million units will be headed for the US, considering the UK missed out on the original Kindle Fire altogether, and only got into the act when the second-generation Amazon slate hit the ground over the summer.

Hopefully the groundwork done in setting up Amazon's mobile ecosystem internationally for the Kindle Fire's rollout should simplify the job of launching a smaller-screened mobile sibling internationally, but only time will tell.

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Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 19:04

You make it sound like we are all dying to own one.
Whereas I can't imagine anyone here buying one...

Which takes me back to how I remember foxconn before the apple deals, when they made rubbish pc motherboards.

horsepills  Dec. 18, 2012 at 21:12

You make it sound like we are all dying to own one.
Whereas I can't imagine anyone here buying one...

Which takes me back to how I remember foxconn before the apple deals, when they made rubbish pc motherboards.


You can't imagine anyone here buying one?? Do me a favour!

Have you seen how many tablets Amazon have sold??

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 21:22

Anyone here. Not in the population as a whole.

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 18, 2012 at 22:00

You make it sound like we are all dying to own one.
Whereas I can't imagine anyone here buying one...

Which takes me back to how I remember foxconn before the apple deals, when they made rubbish pc motherboards.


You can't imagine anyone here buying one?? Do me a favour!

Have you seen how many tablets Amazon have sold??


I'm sure pondlife's referring to the regulars here. We also had a few stabs at discussing the
issue already.
Personally, a kindle or Fire, maybe... as a media consumption device.
I would rather not have a phone than one made by and tied to Amazon.
When Nokia said prior to the WP deal, that many Nokia fans would be averse to the idea of sharing info with MS, they had a point. Amazon are a whole different kettle of fish.

Also: MP3s aside, Amazon's forte are ebooks and video downloads. The advantage of having a phone made by them is beyond me... eBooks and full movies, imho, call for a larger device. Note 2 or bigger.

But you are right: 'people' out there will lap it up, even if it's cr*p (like the overhyped first Fire or Nook Color).

Pondlife  Dec. 18, 2012 at 22:25

Well generally it's agreed that android is improving, not as fast as some would like but a skinned and limited version of gb vs klp on a new android phone by then. The kindle fire hd has nice hardware but the software...

Amazon's main maps on Kindle Fire seems to be Nokia's Here, cloudier than old fashioned lemonade in satellite view and generally shoddy, no big deal on a tablet big issue on a phone.

After the well publicised wiping of someone's kindle this year the possibility of having a phone wiped and all purchases...
As for video could make sense once wireless video sending to tv screens becomes more commonplace. I think Notes are too small for ereaders.

Or like the Wii, or steelbook dvds..

JanSt / MOD  Dec. 19, 2012 at 08:05

Hahaha

CTPAHHIK  Dec. 19, 2012 at 08:08

In addition to above:

eBooks suck on color device, and only good on e-reader. Amazon commercialized e-reader similar to Apple and smartphone. What you mean to say are magazines, comics and other colorful content. There is also a big selection of kids games in Amazon store.

Fire is an entertainment toy that you buy to have and not because you need one, expectations are not that high here and it falls into cheap price range. Phone, on the other hand, is something that you cannot do without and expectations are quite different. You need it to work and actually do useful things, not just show colorful slideshow like Fire/Nook does.

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