After years of rumors, Amazon will finally launch an own brand smartphone within the next three to six months. So says KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, whose reputation for accurately revealing device vendors’ plans long before they are announced definitely precedes him. Kuo is widely known for his Apple research, which is easily the most accurate in the world among Apple analysts. For the past few years, the industry watcher has delivered accurate early details surrounding nearly every major product Apple has launched. He also covers Samsung on occasion, and now his sights are set on Amazon and its suppliers as well. “We predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet,” Kuo wrote on Thursday in a note to clients obtained by BGR. “The supply chain will start stocking up materials in 2Q14 for production.