Nintendo Switch maker and your new Amazon phone are coming this week

Is it games time? All eyes are turning to Japan to see when Sony’s PS5 will be unveiled. This might be the year to get on board. Geeky Japanese games site Gematsu says it…

Nintendo Switch maker and your new Amazon phone are coming this week

Is it games time?

All eyes are turning to Japan to see when Sony’s PS5 will be unveiled.

This might be the year to get on board.

Geeky Japanese games site Gematsu says it has learned from insider sources that Sony has already selected E3 2018 as the venue to announce its next console. This points to a March or April launch, before E3 begins in June. The likely speculation on the what games we’ll see include an all-new IP from Rare, as it celebrates its 20th anniversary.

In the last year or so, fans have been treated to a steady stream of leaks — mainly anecdotal reports of hardware manufacturing — indicating the launch date of the new PlayStation console, but not a specific date. Gematsu also notes that the PlayStation 5 is expected to have more horsepower than the PS4.

Will Amazon stock restock this morning?

Sure, it seems inconceivable that the Amazon.com Inc. stock price could continue to fall after the Wall Street Journal reported Friday that the Seattle-based company’s plans to launch its own smartphone was scuttled. According to the Journal’s sources, it’s looking at launching four new Echo devices and a second-generation Fire tablet this year, adding insult to injury for the ill-fated Fire phone.

The first-generation Fire phone launched in 2014 and attracted consumer attention due to the innovative technology Amazon worked on to turn the phone into a television-ready device. It worked by connecting the phone’s display to the television. But apparently there wasn’t enough interest to keep it in production. Amazon’s efforts are currently focused on Echo, Echo Dot, Amazon Echo Show and other Alexa-powered devices.

Unlike Apple and Samsung, Amazon hasn’t made much effort to diversify its product offerings beyond its e-commerce retail platform, but that could change with the upcoming announcement.

Some analysts believe the Fire phone’s failure points to the company’s failed attempt to make more of a foray into consumer electronics in other ways. Meanwhile, Amazon hasn’t announced its consumer electronics plans yet, but we’ll hopefully learn more about the company’s future in gadget land when CEO Jeff Bezos unveils its Amazon smartphone next week.

Playmobile is the most popular PSP brand in Asia, so what about the Nintendo Switch?

Nintendo has not revealed how much it has sold of its new console, but analysts from Deutsche Bank expect to sell 11 million units by 2020. Given the console’s popularity in Europe and China, it would seem that the company is keeping its powder dry in other markets.

The Switch has not been huge in the United States despite getting a marketing push by partners like Walmart. The product also doesn’t look too game-friendly, but it’s quickly gaining popularity with critics and enthusiasts alike. So, will it be the missing piece in the country? Early indications are promising.

It doesn’t look likely that any other Japanese manufacturer will be launching a console this year, but we’ll be on the lookout for other potential contenders such as Microsoft and Tencent.

One of the hottest products to come out of France is about to hit the U.S.

Xiaomi, the rapidly growing Chinese smartphone company, finally launched in the U.S. last week. The Mi 5 is an excellent device that serves as a good example of what Xiaomi is all about — beautiful designs, excellent functionality and a low price point. The tablet lineup is especially impressive as its line of 4K-capable phablets all have impressive specs for their price.

Whoa! Amazon’s newly-acquired British retail giant had a better 2017

Xenia Hands, Amazon’s recently-acquired British online retailer, has enjoyed a pretty productive year, with the Amazon website actually taking on the persona of a British shopping portal (think: Instacart, more-than-attractive prices, carefully curated selection of items).

The online retail company celebrated its 20th anniversary by launching fresh Brexit-themed products, such as an ice cream cone hat and a red hoodie (I’m a hater of both). As of right now, all stock on the site is fully stocked, according to the company’s blog.

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