Not exactly prime, Amazon phone release date reportedly delayed

12th Mar 2013 | 00:32

Not exactly prime, Amazon phone release date reportedly delayed

Amazon phone release date rumor says it's later than expected

The long-rumored Amazon smartphone isn't acting at all like the company's speedy Amazon Prime two-day free shipping service, as its release date has reportedly been delayed.

That means the Amazon phone's speculated second quarter release date is likely to be missed, according to DigiTimes, which cites sources in flat panel supply chain.

While the exact reason for the delay isn't clear, the report does say that production at manufacturing partner Foxconn International Holdings "has not been as smooth as expected".

It goes on to indicate that the Seattle-based company's phone is still under an "engineering verification test period due to issues related to its mobile platform."

TechRadar reached out to Amazon for comment and will update this story if the company responds.

Amazon Kindle phone?

Whether or not the Amazon smartphone will run a version of Google's Android operating system like its Kindle Fire tablets is unclear.

However, today's rumor about its delayed release date echos previous reports that the phone's production is being handled by Foxconn subsidiary Ensky Tech.

Ensky Tech is responsible for manufacturing Amazon's e-book readers like the Kindle Paperwhite and tablets like the Kindle Fire HD.

The Foxconn subsidiary is said to be unlikely to start mass production of the Amazon smartphone until June, which means the rumored roadmap has been pushed back by at least three months.

However, when the Amazon phone's release date does roll around, analysts have suggested that it will be able to garner attention with a large screen size between 4 inches and 5 inches and a price as low as USD$150 (£101, AUD$146).

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