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Rumour: KindlePhone in 2012?

Rumour: KindlePhone in 2012?

We're guessing that if the KindlePhone does arrive, it'll be a little bit smaller.

Wall Street Journal subsidiary All Things D believes that we could see an Amazon KindlePhone next year, saying ‘Citigroup’s research department [says] it could have its own phone.

The source is analyst Mark Mahanet, who said, ‘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.

The rumour suggests that a Texas Instruments OMAP 4 processor and QualComm dual-mode 6-series cellular network controller will be used, given that QualComm has supplied similar chips to Amazon for its eBook readers.

There’s a detail in the Citigroup report that, because an ‘OS royalty’ has to be paid to Microsoft, the smartphone will be based on Android. This is no surprise given that the Kindle Fire was also based on Android.

The device is ‘guessed’ by Mahany and his team to cost between $150 and $170 to build and ‘it’s conceivable that the company will sell it for something close to that price.’ Typically, All Things D says, smartphones are sold with a 30 per cent gross margin but ‘if Amazon is actually willing to lose some money on the device, the price gap could be even bigger.

There seems to be no evidence from Citigroup’s research team to back up the assertion that Amazon would sell the smartphone at cost or a loss.

Intrigued by an Amazon phone, or concerned that it’ll tempt you into spending way too much on cool stuff? Let us know in the fourm.

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Bungletron 18th November 2011, 14:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claave
Amazon could release a KindlePhone next year, presumably based on Kindle Fire tech.

http://www.bit-tech.net/news/hardware/2011/11/18/rumour-kindlephone-in-2012/1

:?

I have got a kindle phone, its an android phone with kindle app installed. The software is brilliant, access to my library and syncs over mobile broadband. on a phone. seems a bit redunant to me particularly since if it is like the Fire tab it is android too but without android market, crazy!
TheKrumpet 18th November 2011, 15:07 Quote
...Kindle Phone? Really?

Somehow, I can't see a device that began life as an e-book reader and moved on to being a multimedia tablet breaking in to the phone market. If it's just going to be a variation on Android, why not just buy an Android?

As the above poster said, there's already a Kindle application on Android. Can't help but feel like this'll be completely redundant and flop.
mucgoo 18th November 2011, 15:26 Quote
This is why amazon shouldn't have used the kindle name for the kindlefire.
There's no reason amazon can't produce a tablets or phones however they'll be using a backlit screen so therefore are in no way a reading device and shouldbe treated as such.
iwog 18th November 2011, 16:36 Quote
*sigh* every time I see news about colour Kindles I worry a little. Surely the appeal of a Kindle is that it isn't an eye straining back lit screen or is that just me being stupid?

Why go and dilute the brand by sticking the name on everything?

The kindle fire I can just about handle, even if it is a back lit IPS screen, but the unless the phone is a crazy e-ink wonder then I just don't want to know.
Madness_3d 18th November 2011, 17:15 Quote
Can see this as a natural step tbh. Probably something with a larger screen, 4.65inch maybe? Running Android. Kindle has become quite a well known brand, but they'll have to make sure people know that it runs Android Apps and isn't just for reading books. Some Apple style ads would do well to convey that and lets be honest any competition to Apple in the Smartphone market is good competition :)
carajp 18th November 2011, 17:57 Quote
What on earth is the point? I don't get this as an idea at all. An Amazon tablet makes sense as a consumption tablet - everyone associates Amazon with books and DVDs etc. But an Amazon phone? Why??

I'd rather they just got on and thought about other countries maybe wanting some of the stuff they already do - like the Fire and the Kindle Touch. Pent up market right there.. and no risk even.
Ergath 18th November 2011, 19:07 Quote
I think this is an example of a gadget that very few of the folk on bit-tech will care about, but which might actually do rather well. Kindle is a very strong brand - depending on whether the Fire takes off I can see this becoming quite popular with non-techies.
rollo 18th November 2011, 19:46 Quote
kindle fire has no EU launch date and is unlikely to get one as they cant even deliver enough for the US market which makes me think that we wont ever see it this side of the pond

its a great device sure but when will us UK foke get to see it 10 years time?

it does not run all andriod apps to person above it runs a limited selection of them that amazon controls

so for amazon phone great for USA fokes but us none USA fokes wont ever see it so it goes under MEH same as COD review lol
Neophyte4Life 18th November 2011, 20:02 Quote
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EvNeHthx3Ng

Seems to be getting easier to relate to....
l3v1ck 18th November 2011, 20:08 Quote
What's the betting that Apple tried to sue them for some reason?
I'm guessing pretty high..... It's what Apple do.
Grimloon 18th November 2011, 20:41 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by iwog
unless the phone is a crazy e-ink wonder then I just don't want to know.

^Emphatically this! Give me a largish phone with an e-ink screen and optional side light for when I need to use it in the dark as anything and I'm in. No colour, no backlight (no touch screen for me either but I realise that others like this idea) and it sounds like a plan.

Look at it this way - how much do you actually need colour on a phone? Not much really, we survived a very long time without and it isn't essential now. My first mobile phone was an LCD screen with 3 lines of text! It did the job, lasted for years and I was sad to lose it. An e-ink screen is a significant power saver, it shows what you need to see with near perfect clarity if there's a light source and is minimally affected by glare - something that can't be said for most mobile phone screens.
Jaffo 18th November 2011, 23:20 Quote
The first iteration of the Fire sounds pretty good for a device rushed out for Xmas so I'm looking forward to the next version and if they can do a similar, cheap phone then I'd certainly be interested. If they bundle them with a Prime deal like the US have, they'll sell really well.
PlayedStation 21st November 2011, 07:14 Quote
Or have a dual screen phone.

Front IPS

Back with e-ink.


Simples.
Bitemebad91 21st November 2011, 07:35 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by TheKrumpet
...Kindle Phone? Really?

Somehow, I can't see a device that began life as an e-book reader and moved on to being a multimedia tablet breaking in to the phone market. If it's just going to be a variation on Android, why not just buy an Android?

As the above poster said, there's already a Kindle application on Android. Can't help but feel like this'll be completely redundant and flop.

Loving the display picture.. Red dwarf!


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Xir 21st November 2011, 08:27 Quote
would be something like a Samsung note, no?
A tablet/phone hybrid.
(apart from that beeing available now)
Andy Mc 22nd November 2011, 13:55 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by rollo
kindle fire has no EU launch date and is unlikely to get one as they cant even deliver enough for the US market which makes me think that we wont ever see it this side of the pond

its a great device sure but when will us UK foke get to see it 10 years time?

it does not run all andriod apps to person above it runs a limited selection of them that amazon controls

so for amazon phone great for USA folks but us non USA folks won't ever see it so it goes under MEH same as COD review lol

It should run any android App, all you need to do is side load it from the SD card. Also Amazon does not control the apps in their market. The limited selection they have is still quite large and are apps that they know work on their device. All they are doing is bringing a little of the Apple marketplace ethos to the android market place.

The reason we do not have the Kindle Fire in the UK is not down to stock issues. The Kindle fire requires the Amazon Market place to function fully. Something that has not yet been launched over here.
Once they pull their finger out and launch the App store in the UK then they can launch the Kindle Fire.

I really like Amazons e-book and Audio book offerings, they just need to start leveling the playing field between the US and UK, as we miss out on a lot of what the Americans get, mainly due to licencing issues I believe.
uz1_l0v3r 1st December 2011, 12:28 Quote
A kindle phone is surely a contradiction.
PingCrosby 4th December 2011, 14:11 Quote
I love new gadgets, the missus came into my garden shed moaning "I'm sick of you wasting your time in here with all of your inventions, none of them ****ing work anyway" It was at that point that the "SLAP-A-CUNTOMATIC 3000 proved her wrong!
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