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BRIEF: Amazon readying smartphone for mid-2013 launch?

TMCNet:  BRIEF: Amazon readying smartphone for mid-2013 launch?

[December 18, 2012]

BRIEF: Amazon readying smartphone for mid-2013 launch?

Dec 18, 2012 (Los Angeles Times - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) -- Amazon.com is reportedly preparing to launch its own smartphone next year.

The Seattle-based online retailer will launch a device in the $100-to-$200 price range in the second or third quarter of 2013, according to a recent report by Taiwan Economic News.

According to the report, the Amazon phone will be manufactured by Foxconn, one of the companies that assemble Apple products, including the iPhone.

An Amazon smartphone has been rumored since 2011, when the company began making acquisitions and hires that seemed to foreshadow a smartphone was on the way.

Amazon already sells tablets and e-readers, so the idea of a smartphone is not far-fetched.

Additionally, the report says Amazon is also already working on its next generation of Kindle Fire devices. The next Amazon tablet will go on sale during the third quarter of 2013, according to the report.

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