Foxconn to manufacture Amazon and Microsoft smartphones for mid-2013 launches?

The evidence continues to grow that both Amazon and Microsoft will launch smartphones next year. The latest comes from Digitimes. Citing “sources from the upstream supply chain,” it reports that Foxconn has received handset orders from both companies. Both are expected to have “limited” shipment volumes initially.

Unsurprisingly, Microsoft’s mobile phone will be powered by Windows Phone 8 but there were no details given about the Amazon device. Earlier reports suggested that the Microsoft Surface smartphone was already at the prototype stage and would sport a display between 4- and 5-inches. The Amazon smartphone could be more of an entry-level device priced between US$150 and US$170, possibly with a TI OMAP4 processor, a 4-inch touchscreen display, HSPA+/EVDO connectivity and an 8MP camera.

Both mobile phones look set to launch in mid-2013.

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