Amazon could be about to enter the nascent phablet market, as the lines between smartphones and tablets become ever-more blurry.
According to sources cited by the Wall Street Journal, the online retail monster is testing handsets with screen sizes between four and five inches, putting it broadly line in the size-stakes with the category-defying Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S3 and the HTC One X.
The site also claims that the devices are now in testing with a view to entering mass production later this year or early in 2012.
Following the success of the Kindle e-reader, Amazon entered the tablet market late last year with its Android-powered Kindle Fire.
The tablet, which teamed compact dimensions with a price point that hugely undercuts the iPad and was subsidised by Amazon, enjoyed modest success in the US. However, it has yet to be granted a release in territories outside Amazon’s domestic market.
It’s not yet known which operating system the phone will run. But given that Amazon also runs an Android app store, it’d be a huge surprise if the company jumped ship to another platform.
Wall Street Journal