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Report: Production of Amazon smartphone could start this year

July 11, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • A report now claims that Amazon is testing its own smartphone. Amazon is also said to be readying a Kindle Fire 2.
A report now claims that Amazon is testing its own smartphone. Amazon is… (Amazon )

Amazon could start producing its own smartphone as soon as this year, according to a second report that claims the online retailer is working on a smartphone.

The Seattle-based company along with suppliers in Asia are testing a smartphone, the report says, citing "people familiar with the situation."

The report also says Amazon might start production either this year or early 2013.

Details are sketchy, but the new report, by the Wall Street Journal, says the device is expected to have a screen somewhere in the 4- to 5-inch range.

Rumors that Amazon could be working on its own phone began early this month when a report came out saying the company had purchased UpNext, a 3-D mapping start-up.

That was followed by a report last week from Bloomberg that said two sources claimed the company was working on a smartphone.

However, a smartphone isn't the only product Amazon is rumored to be working on. Last month, a report also came out saying the company may launch a Kindle Fire 2 as soon as this summer.

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