Reported by: Jeremy Thomas
Latest reports reveal that Amazon is planning a smartphone, most probably to gain from the market share where Android and iPhone devices have accredited their dominance.
The retail giant has tied up with Foxconn to develop hardware for their smartphone device. Amazon is currently strategising to acquire patents that cover wireless technology in order to escape any infringement lawsuits directed towards the device.
Amazon has already gained credibly in tablet market with the launch of Amazon Kindle Fire. Several millions of Kindle Fire has reportedly reached consumers. And Amazon has made steady gains from digital books, songs and movies. Similar trend can follow suit with the introduction of new smartphone handset from Amazon.
It is alleged that the new smartphone will be known as Amazon Blaze and features expected to come along with the handset include super fast 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, 4.3 inch Mirasol screen, a 1.3MP front facing camera, rear facing 5MP camera, 512MB of RAM, 32GB of internal Storage and a 8GB microSD card is installed out of the box.
The other features include DLNA connectivity, possible NFC support, a solar panel to capture the sun’s power for use on the phone, besides the 1700mAh battery. And HSPA+ connectivity to support AT&T and CDMA model for Verizon is being readied. The operating system expected to run on Amazon Blaze is Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
According to Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney, the price for device is estimated between $150 and $170.