Ever since Amazon started selling the Kindle Fire, we’ve wondered if the company would really stay content with tablets, or use that as a stepping stone towards releasing its own smartphone. This past summer, rumors along those lines started picking up, and late last month we heard that Foxconn might be the company Amazon partners with to manufacture its phone hardware. Now, a new rumor out of Taiwan mirrors some of those claims, as well as attempts to answer a few lingering questions about this Amazon phone.
According to the “industry sources” behind this news, Foxconn is preparing to produce up to five million units for Amazon over the course of next year. The phone would supposedly launch sometime around the middle of 2013, just like we heard before, when it will sell for something in the $100 to $200 range. That price point is interesting, because it seems too low to suggest Nexus-4-like off-contract sales, and could mean that Amazon partners with a US carrier for the handset’s release.
Then again, if Amazon is able to leverage this phone in order to bring in additional sales, and cultivate users who rely on the company for a good deal of their retail shopping, maybe it would consider heavily subsidizing the model, and we really could see a bargain-basement off-contract price. Either way, it’s going to be interesting to see what becomes of these rumors over the next half a year.