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WSJ: Amazon smartphone in testing, may go into production this year

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An Amazon smartphone is currently undergoing testing with Asian suppliers, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Rumors about an upcoming smartphone from Amazon are picking up steam — last week Bloomberg reported that one was on the way, and today the Wall Street Journal is saying much the same. According to the Journal's sources, the device is currently undergoing testing with Asian suppliers and may go into mass production "late this year or early next year." It's said by one person to have a screen of "between four and five inches," which doesn't sound like a difficult guess — any hypothetical Amazon phone would unquestionably rely on the retailer's library of books, video, and other content as a major selling point. Still, it's looking increasingly likely that such a phone is in the works.