Talk of an Amazon Kindle Phone release date are anything but new, but as time rolls forward it is beginning to become a case of now – or at least soon – or never. And the good news for those who confidently salute the product today comes courtesy of the Taiwanese media, which has published a report suggesting that Foxconn has already signed a deal with Amazon to begin production of the Kindle Phone, ready for a summer 2013 release date.
It would also appear that Amazon certainly isn’t short on confidence, at the initial order for the very first Kindle Smartphone is said to total 5 million units.
All in all, the idea itself has already become no less than gospel certainty for some, leaving the only question as that of whether or not a Kindle Smartphone has what it takes to make it in such a ferociously competitive mobile-tech market. Will the Kindle Phone go the way of the Microsoft Surface RT Tablet, or do the contrary and begin a whirlwind success story?
Well, if the online retail giant can pull of the same miracle that sent the first Kindle Fire into the stratosphere, the Amazon Kindle Smartphone is a shoe in for one of the year’s top-spots. Said miracle is of course the quite staggeringly low price-tag at which the Kindle Fire launched in 2011, giving birth to the sub-$200 Tablet PC market as we know it today and flying off the shelves in astonishing numbers.
Given the makeup of the Kindle Fire, the expected mid-end specs of the Kindle Phone and Amazon’s ability to sell devices with razor-fine mark-ups due to ensuing content sales, analyst have estimated that the Kindle Smartphone could potentially launch for between $100 and $200 fully contract-free. And even if all that’s served up is moderate specs and a non-HD touchscreen, it could still prove to be one of the bargains of the year.