What I want from a Kindle smartphone

Would an eventual Kindle smartphone look something like this?

Josh Lowensohn/CNET)

The latest buzz around the rumor mill is that Amazon is working on a smartphone that will launch in the fourth quarter of 2012, but can such a device succeed in today’s competitive market?

Analysts at Citigroup say that based on supply chain checks, Amazon is in talks with Foxconn to develop a handset that could feature a Texas Instrument OMAP 4 processor and cost between $150 to $170 to build. Citigroup notes in its report (PDF) that a smartphone would be the next logical step for Amazon after seeing success with its Kindle e-readers and its recent foray into the tablet market with the Kindle Fire.

Analysts aren’t the only who think this; in fact, CNET executive editor David Carnoy made this prediction a month ago, and I’m of the same thought that a Kindle smartphone isn’t so much a case of if, but when.

Whether you agree or disagree, for the sake of argument, let’s say that a Kindle smartpho… [Read more]

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