Amazon’s smartphone to have 4.7 inch display?


Amazon has been rumored to be bringing out a smartphone for a very long time. Nothing has come to fruition yet, but that rumor just won’t die. The latest in the mill comes from DigiTimes, who has reason to believe that Amazon’s smartphone will come with a 4.7 inch display. It isn’t the typical 5-inch+ monster we’re used to hearing about these days, but Amazon isn’t particularly typical.

According to the source, Amazon was originally going to go with a 4.3 inch display, but decided against it once the market began showing interest for even bigger display sizes. A 4.3 inch phone seems tiny in this day and age, but a 4.7-inch display — despite being flanked by 5-inch options from other major competitors — would be a very reasonable balance between size and usability.

History shows Amazon isn’t into getting the biggest, most powerful, most tricked out devices onto the market. No, its goal is to deliver a functional device that you can use to consume all your digital books, music, movies, and apps and games from the Amazon Appstore.

It’s reported that Amazon wants to have this device out in Q2 this year, but some issues with the manufacturing process at Foxconn might prevent that from happening. We’ve heard it all before, really, and while we’re happy Amazon was able to launch a successful line of tablet products we’re starting to get antsy for the phone. Let’s hope 2013 is kinder to the online retailer.

Quentyn Kennemer
The "Google Phone" sounded too awesome to pass up, so I bought a G1. The rest is history. And yes, I know my name isn't Wilson.

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  1. This close to Easter?

  2. why amazon, why?

  3. .

    Why so tiny?

    After the Dell and then the Galaxy Note (1), the Note 2 was all that I had eyes for.

    Now, all I can see is the Note 3, and not just for its size increase. It is a NOTE.

    1. Believe it or not, not everyone wants a phone the size of a house.

      My current phone is 4.3″ and it’s the perfect size for me. I’m leaning towards the HTC One for my next phone but even the small jump to 4.7″ is a bit more than I want to do. You should keep in mind that just because you want a gigantic phone doesn’t mean other people do — just like how I keep in mind that just because I prefer a 4 – 4.5″ phone doesn’t mean I think everyone else wants one that small either.

      They probably see 4.7″ a good middle ground for the people who like small phones and the people who like large phones.

      1. Phone the size of a house..?
        I WANT THAT!

  4. While I don’t see anything dragging me away from the Galaxy S series anytime soon, especially an Amazon branded device (I only use Kindle for books Google Play hasn’t gotten yet and prefer owning all my digital content through Google when it’s available) I’m really intrigued to see what they come up with.

    I wonder if it will keep the Kindle name at all.

  5. Is everyone else having problems viewing this site correctly on chrome on their phones?

  6. hm, seems like this phone screen won’t totally kill the battery life if engineered properly. or you could always just get a backup battery lol. But amazon making phones? since when!? /scratching head/ http://tinyurl.com/botq69e

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