Foxconn prepping the conveyor belts for Microsoft and Amazon branded smartphones next year
posted by Daniel P. / Nov 27, 2012, 5:57 AM
The rumors that Microsoft will come up with a phone of its own, similar to what it did with the Surface tablets has been around for a while, and, while on one hand saying that it doesn't make sense to make one, on the other the CEO Steve Ballmer has been indicating that Microsoft will swoop in and make its own hardware in areas where it sees a niche that is not filled by its partner manufacturers.
As far as Amazon goes, it already makes its Kindle slates, and a phone with its own brand of Android might be in the works, too, probably subsidized or sold at cost like the tablets, with the hope of tying more people into the retail giant's ecosystem.
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hmmmm so do I need to start saving for my surface phone?
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 6:23 AM 3
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You mean you still haven't set up your "Awesome New Phone" money jar?
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 2:30 PM 0
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I hope Foxconn don't assemble the Window's home button to iPhones by mistake...
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 6:25 AM 4
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Microsoft said that they will enter into Hardware if their "partners" don't come up with exciting and cool stuff. Do they really think they can outdo Lumia 920 in terms of Innovation? That will be really hard.. :)
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 6:26 AM 1
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it will be a tough order, lets face it the 920 is one of the only phones to bring something new to the table this year ( others been 808, note etc) but i think the surface phone will be its own selling point, the fact its direct wp8 phone like google's nexus. and google/lg havent outdone competitor phones like the s3/note 2/driod dna yet it still sells if microsoft in someway keep some exclusivity to there phone say updates first etc then it will more then likely sell without the need to compete with the 920. nexus 4 no innovation just first for updates and people want it, maybe microsoft can pull of the same trick although i would like to see them go the other way and bring some new features and innovation
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 7:19 AM 0
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i dont really know what will amazon has to offer if they will make a phone for themselves... but it would be nice for them to join though! i like their UI actually... and would love to see it on a phone size (hopefully 4.3 or 4.5 will be a good size) but im more excited on surface phone!!! it will be, and might be, the none plastic (disregard ativ s) WP... i like the magnesium finish of the surface and would love to see it on a phone size!!!
posted on Nov 27, 2012, 6:17 PM 0
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