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Will You Buy a Kindle Phone?

Evan Niu
November 18, 2011 (Nasdaq: AMZN  ) has barely stepped into the tablet market, and before the e-tail king even had a chance to take off its coat, speculation has now turned to the prospect of Amazon entering the smartphone ring.

Citing the customarily ambiguous "channel checks," Citigroup analyst Mark Mahaney is igniting the idea of a Kindle Phone. Mahaney attributes the channel checks to Citi's Taipei-based hardware research analyst, Kevin Chang, and pegs a time frame of Q4 2012 for a possible introduction in time for next year's holidays.

Mahaney believes that Amazon has tapped Foxconn as the manufacturer, who also makes many of Apple's (