¿Kindle smartphone? Informe dice uno en camino
Fire Kindle Tablet has only been available for a few days, but already Amazon aims to launch a smartphone, says a new report.
According to a note by investor in Citigroup analyst Kevin Chang and obtained by All Things Digital, Amazon is currently working with the known manufacturer Foxconn to develop a planned smartphone to be released in the fourth quarter of 2012.
This is not the smartphone Amazon Kindle. But will look something like this? (Crédito: David Carnoy/CNET))
So far, Chang doesn’t know how to be the smartphone, but he believes that he will make of the Texas instrument OMAP 4 processor. Fire in the Amazon Kindle also carries an OMAP processor.
Chang believes that the smartphone will cost Amazon from $150 to $170 to build. However, he said, rather than sell the device with a 30 percent gross margin, as do many phone manufacturers, including HTC, he believes that e-commerce giant could sell the device in or close to its cost.
Such a strategy would be unprecedented. In September, analyst of Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster said that he believes that Amazon pays $250 to produce its Kindle fire. The 7-inch tablet, based on Android is available for $199.
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Chang is not the only person who thinks that eventually it could launch a smartphone from Amazon. Last month, executive editor of CNET David Carnoy argued that it is not a question of whether Amazon will launch a smartphone, but when.
“Of course,” any time that will get cellular technology and carriers involved, get much more complicated things, Carnoy wrote in a column at CNET last month. “But I think that it is only a matter of time before you see a Kindle smartphone;” “Finally, Jeff Bezos knows that your company will have to compete directly against the iPhone If you want Amazon Apple – or even beat it.”
Amazon did not respond immediately at the request of CNET to comment on the report of Chang.Don Reisinger is a columnist for technology who has written mostly from HDTV to computers to Flowbee haircut systems. Don is a member of the network of Blog of CNET, reporting in the Digital Home. It is not an employee of CNET. Disclosure.
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