The Amazon Smartphone: To Be Announced, Later Today?

The Amazon Smartphone: To Be Announced, Later Today?

Our friends at TheVerge are exclusively reporting that Amazon‘s special media event – (set to be held later today) – could result in the launch of ‘The Amazon Smartphone.’

Citing the device may be set to make its debut public appearance alongside an updated Kindle Fire model, and the new Kindle “Paperwhite” (with backlight), they write:

Multiple sources have confirmed to The Verge that Amazon is working on a smartphone that runs a variant of the Kindle Fire’s Android-based operating system, and we’re now hearing that the device will be shown to the press [today].

(Credit: The Verge)

According to the site’s sources, the smartphone is “currently unfinished” — But, that’s not to say the handset won’t still be announced. Just don’t expect to see too many details. Unfinished products are ‘unfinished’ for a reason – and while Amazon may still choose to pull back the veil, it may be a fair while before we can all actually get our hands on the device.

The timing of the announcement may be considered strategic to some, given both Nokia and Microsoft together held a WindowsPhone media event yesterday to unveil both the Lumia 820 and 920(although sadly, no release dates were given for either), and Apple is highly-expected to intro the next iteration of the iPhone at its next special media event, now confirmed for September 12.

More details when they become available …