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Amazon Fire Phone successor in the works as "Ice"

Amazon Fire Phone smartphone to get a successor currently known as "Ice"
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Two unnamed sources who spoke to Gadgets360 reveal the plans to replace fire with ice, this supposedly being the name of Amazon's next generation of smartphones. These handsets are expected to come with a Snapdragon 435 processor, Android 7.1.1, and a price tag around $100 USD.

Amazon's Fire Phone was an interesting handset back in 2014 when it arrived on the market, and even now some people consider it a decent smartphone for budget-conscious consumers. Sadly, it runs an operating system based on Android KitKat and it turned out to be a commercial failure. However, it seems that a low-end successor is on its way.

According to two anonymous sources familiar with the matter who spoke to NDTV Gadgets360, "The company plans to launch at least one smartphone in India within this year." Although the software build running on the Ice handset currently being tested is not ready to hit the market, it seems that the upcoming phone would drop Amazon's FireOS for Android Nougat, apparently version 7.1.1. 

The sources mentioned earlier also revealed quite a few hardware specs, including a display with a size between 5.2 and 5.5 inches, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage, a 13 MP main camera, as well as a fingerprint reader.

Amazon is expected to launch the Ice smartphones in India later this year for a price tag close to $100 USD, but nothing has been confirmed by the company yet.


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Codrut Nistor, 2017-06- 5 (Update: 2017-06- 5)