We can probably expect a new Kindle tablet or eReader this year, but we can't be so sure about a Kindle Phone. A few rumors have pointed to the company working on such a device, but there's been nothing concrete yet. The latest rumors continue that trend with some wild speculation regarding the device.
Digitimes reports that Amazon is prepping a 4.7-inch Kindle Phone for release in the second quarter of this year. If true, that puts the launch at some point between the beginning of April and the end of June. For a product that we haven't even see yet, it seems highly unlikely.
Digitimes' sources address the unlikelihood of a second quarter release by saying that Amazon is only hoping to launch by then. The company may very well have to push the launch back as production progress has reportedly "not been as smooth as expected."
Another potential reason for the delay is that Amazon has recently changed the display size of the device. The Kindle Phone was originally going to sport a 4.3-inch display, but Amazon upped it to a 4.7-inch display after "witnessing increased demand for larger size screens among consumers."
It will be interesting to see the reception to a Kindle phone if the rumors are true. People use tablets, and by extension the Kindle Fire, to consume content. Smartphones are a somewhat different beast as the focus is placed instead on communication and sharing. Amazon has an inviting content ecosystem that's easy to sell in a tablet, but it may be a bit harder to sell that experience to those looking fora smartphone.[h/t: Cult of Android]