) is rumored to be developing a smartphone with a 4.7-inch
screen. According to
, the device could be released during the second quarter. If
true, Amazon would get a significant jump on the iPhone 5S, which
) is not expected to release before the third or fourth
Interestingly, DigiTimes' sources say that Amazon initially
intended to develop a smartphone with a 4.3-inch display. That
changed when demand continued to rise for larger devices, such as
Samsung's Galaxy Note II, which sports a 5.5-inch screen. The
Galaxy S IV, Samsung's newest smartphone, has a five-inch
Samsung may have helped popularize the
large phone trend
, but it was not the only instigator. Both the HTC One and LG
Optimus G contain 4.7-inch displays.
Amazon is supposedly working to "enhance other specifications"
of its smartphone, though DigiTimes did not detail what those may
Amazon is also expected to
Liquavista BV (a company that develops a special kind of display
technology for e-readers) from Samsung. This firm would allow
Amazon to build a color, video-playing e-reader that could run
for several days or months without a charge.
Liquavista's display could also be used in laptops, tablets,
smartphones, smartwatches and other devices to enhance their
While the thought of a color e-reader may not excite the
masses, a longer smartphone battery might be just the thing
Amazon needs to draw consumers' attention away from Apple and
There is a catch, however. Liquavista's technology is nowhere
near the quality of the high-resolution displays that consumers
expect from high-end smartphones. It is possible that the company
has developed a better, top-secret display for some unannounced
If not, it could be difficult for Amazon to convince consumers
to buy what they might perceive to be a lower-grade smartphone.
The online retailer would have to use the increased battery life
-- which could be enormous -- as its primary selling point.
For some consumers, that might be enough. Others would stick
to the Apple and Samsung devices they know and love.
Meanwhile, Nokia (NYSE:
) recently teased consumers with a series of sun and
summer-mentioning images on Facebook (NASDAQ:
), prompting a plethora of rumors that the company is building a
smartphone (or smartphone cover) that can
absorb the sun's power
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer
of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or
firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him
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