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Analyst: Amazon smartphone coming next year

Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 17 Nov 2011 15:41 User comments (2)

Analyst: Amazon smartphone coming next year Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney says Amazon's oft-rumored smartphone will be released at the end of 2012.
The device is being built by Foxconn and developed by Amazon.

Mahaney notes that the phone will be "mid-level," not running with high-end specs.

The phone will be very price competitive, costing Amazon $150 to build. The phone will then be sold to carriers at $170 who could choose to subsidize it to consumers for free.

In comparison, HTC sells their phones for $243 on average to carriers (good for 30% margin) and Apple sells their latest iPhone for $600 to carriers, ensuring a massive 55 percent margin.

The Amazon smartphone will run the same Android-based OS as the Kindle Fire, and will closely integrate Amazon shopping, music, movies, Kindle ebooks, daily deals and cloud storage.

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117.11.2011 16:04


218.11.2011 9:50

Just got the Fire and love it. An Amazon phone would be a great addition. Being a prime member it's great to be able to watch movies/tv for free while out. If I don't have wireless I just make my phone a hotspot and I'm online.

My guess is a 10" Fire is not far off.

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