Amazon may ship 3 million Fire phones this year
According to DigiTimes, sources from “Taiwan's handset supply chain” expect Amazon to ship 2 to 3 million smartphones this year. The Fire phone is manufactured for Amazon by Taiwan’s Foxconn, which, for now, reportedly makes 300,000 to 500,000 units per month.
2 or 3 million Amazon Fire phones shipped this year may not be much in the grand scheme of things, but it’s a lot if we think about the fact that the handset is exclusively available at AT&T (starting at $199.99 on contract).
The Fire phone isn’t exactly a high-end device, as it doesn’t have a high-resolution display, and neither a new-generation processor. But it offers a few things that no other handset has, including a dynamic perspective 3D interface, and Firefly (Amazon’s new service that recognizes and lets you buy about 100 million different items). Is that enough to make the Fire phone a game changer? Only time will tell.