Now what might Amazon need a bunch of smartphone camera parts for?

Now what might Amazon need a bunch of smartphone camera parts for?

It’s not much to go on, but a report has surfaced claiming that Amazon has ordered batches of camera modules for use in smartphones, indicating an Amazon smartphone may indeed be in the works.

DigiTimes reports that Taiwanese company Primax Electronics received multiple orders from Amazon for compact camera modules to be used in smartphones launching in the first half of 2014.

Each of the Amazon smartphones will feature six of the camera modules, over half of which will be supplied by Primax, according to the site’s sources in the supply chain.

The Amazon phones will also feature floating touch technology, the site said.

Catching fire

Ever since the Kindle Fire began thriving in the Android tablet market there’s been speculation about an Amazon smartphone, but the bookseller has yet to make anything official.

There have been all kinds of hints, from former Windows Phone executives joining Amazon to rumors of HTC’s involvement.

Other Amazon phone rumors are insubstantial, claiming the phone will arrive between four and five inches and that it will drop next year, with 3D gesture and eye-tracking.

We’ve been hearing similar tunes for literally years, though, so take it all with a pinch of sodium.

  • At least you can always check out TechRadar’s Amazon Phone wish list, the 10 features we’d like to see on Amazon’s smartphone.