Foxconn prepping the conveyor belts for Microsoft and Amazon branded smartphones next year

Foxconn prepping the conveyor belts for Microsoft and Amazon branded smartphones next year
Foxconn, the Apple and other smartphone brands assembler for hire, has reportedly received orders for putting together Microsoft and Amazon-branded handsets. Those vertically integrated phones are expected to hit the market by mid-2013, but if and when are they going to be announced is anyone's guess.

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.

source: Digitimes

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11 Comments

1. MeoCao unregistered

Amazon follows Nexus revolution. Great news.

2. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

hmmmm so do I need to start saving for my surface phone?

7. JC557

Posts: 1918; Member since: Dec 07, 2011

You mean you still haven't set up your "Awesome New Phone" money jar?

11. tigermcm

Posts: 861; Member since: Sep 02, 2009

after I read a story of MS saying no to them making a surface I happily bought my 8X on Verizon looks like I do need the awesome new phone jar

8. PhenomFaz

Posts: 1236; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

yup and surface phones are just gonna be too sweet to pass up if they take design cues from the surface tablet!

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

I hope Foxconn don't assemble the Window's home button to iPhones by mistake...

10. phil2n

Posts: 519; Member since: Apr 30, 2012

and that will be a lovely phone iWphones

4. darthinvader

Posts: 63; Member since: Sep 18, 2012

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.. :)

5. chaoticrazor

Posts: 2347; Member since: Aug 28, 2012

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

6. Thephonegeek

Posts: 118; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

Why aren't they making their own smartphone?

9. MC1123

Posts: 1256; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

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!!!

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