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Amazon smartphone rumours reignite

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Amazon's long-rumoured smartphone will be released next summer, according to a report.

Taiwanese news site Cens claims to have heard from alleged inside sources that the retailer has entered a deal with Foxconn to develop the handset.

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon, holds the new at the introduction of the new Amazon Kindle Fire HD in Santa Monica, Calif., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012.

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The website reports that Foxconn, Apple's favoured manufacturing partner, is expected to produce 5 million Amazon-branded smartphones over the next year.

As with Amazon's Kindle products, the device itself is expected to be sold at a relatively low price as the company derives much of its profits from software sales. Cens claims the phone will retail at between £60 and £120.

Amazon was strongly tipped to unveil a Kindle-branded smartphone when it announced its latest batch of e-readers and tablets in September, but no such device surfaced.

Previous reports have speculated that such a phone would be powered by Amazon's highly-modified version of the Android operating system found on Kindle Fire tablets.

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