Amazon's Smartphone Will Come With 6 Camera Modules, Says Analyst

Mar 21, 2014
Tomohiro Otsuki, NE special contract reporter, Tech Market Research Inc
The Kindle Fire HDX. Will Amazon.com adopt a low-price strategy for its smartphones as in the case of its tablet computers?
The Kindle Fire HDX. Will Amazon.com adopt a low-price strategy for its smartphones as in the case of its tablet computers?
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The specifications of Amazon.com's smartphone (estimated by Kuo)
The specifications of Amazon.com's smartphone (estimated by Kuo)
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Suppliers related to the camera modules (estimated by Kuo)
Suppliers related to the camera modules (estimated by Kuo)
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Mingchi Kuo, an analyst of KGI Securities Investment Advisory (Taiwan-based investment company), disclosed his predictions about the smartphone that Amazon.com Inc will reportedly release.

Kuo is an accountant for the Research Department of KGI and a world-famous analyst who is well versed in the trends in the supply chains of smartphones and tablet computers.

According to the predictions, the smartphone will come with six camera modules, four of which will be used for gesture-based control and other user interfaces (UIs) that detect the user's motions. Kuo considers that the cost for procuring the camera modules is US$40-50 per phone. The smartphone will be equipped with the same SoC (system-on-chip) as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's "Galaxy S5" smartphone, he said.

Kuo expects that 300,000 to 600,000 units will be shipped in the second quarter of 2014 and a total of two to three million units will be shipped by the end of the year. According to the information that I obtained from concerned parties, Hon Hai Precision Industry Co Ltd will probably manufacture the smartphone.