Amazon takes the wraps off its first smartphone

Boy Genius Report published the first unobscured images of Amazon’s first smarphone. And those images are quite striking.
Amazon’s first smartphone at the very least won’t be a clunker in the looks department. With its black slab form, rounded corners and flat back and display, Amazon’s first flagship is reminiscent of the iPhone and even a Nexus 4. Its design is simple with clean lines and an emphasis on the display.
According to BGR, Amazon’s flagship phone will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. It will likely use an adapted version of Android similar to, if not an update of, its own Fire OS featured on its Kindle Fire tablets. BGR reports that the high-end phone will sport a 4.7-inch screen with 720p resolution, a bit surprising given the 1020p resolution of other recent flagship phones.

The most interesting reported features of Amazon’s new phone are its 3D interface and the inclusion of six — yes six — cameras. The rear camera is reported to be 13 megapixels. A standard front camera would video chats as well as Amazon’s own Mayday customer service video chat. The premium phone will also feature an additional four front-facing cameras to produce 3D effects. BGR reports that the four low-power infrared cameras will be located in each of the device’s four corners. These cameras will track the user’s face and eyes in relation to the screen, allowing for the position of screen elements to be constantly updated and altered for perspective. The end result would be a 3D experience similar to the HTC EVO 3D, but hopefully with more utility.
Amazon’s first flagship phone will also include what the company is reportedly calling Prime Data. But with no details on what Prime Data is, we’re left to guess. The service might be focuses on the company’s digital services, like Prime Instant Video, that rely heavily on data usage. Amazon could pay for the data used by consumers on its services as an incentive to use those services more. Prime Data could also be connected to Amazon’s Prime service. Amazon recently raised the price on that service from $79 to $99. Prime provides its subscribers free two-day shipping, discounted overnight shipping and access to Prime Instant Video.
Boy Genius Report’s sources suggest Amazon’s first smartphone could launch in June exclusively on AT&T in the U.S. I’ll be interested to get hands-on with one of these to give you my first impressions.
What do you think? Will Amazon’s first smartphone be a hit? Are you interested in buying one? Let us know in the comments.


About Chris Cox

I love technology, but I could do without the tinkering. I'm a firm believer in technology that just works. If it's intuitive, that leads to greater adoption, which leads to more advances, and that benefits us all. That said, a little tinkering on the front end that helps you every day is worth the effort. I'm all for simple solutions that keep me -- and you -- from reinventing the wheel every day.