A few good years ago, to think that Amazon could be planning its own smartphone was a crazy thing to believe, but not anymore. After building its first eReader device and release improved versions, the behemoth online retailer has released its own tablet, as well. And now, after a lot of rumors, leaks, speculations and hearsay, we’ve got the first pictures along with main technical specifications of the upcoming Amazon smartphone. According to the BGR publication, Amazon is going to release not one but two smartphones.
The entry-level version of the upcoming smartphone is said to feature lower-end specs and to be launched after the higher-end version a very affordable price. The pictures that you’re seeing don’t depict the actual device, as this prototype is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent the physical design of the phone to be revealed. As for the specs, the higher-end version of the upcoming Amazon smartphone is expected to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM. It’s said to come with a 4.7-inch screen and a 720p display that’s obviously not on par with the current flagship Android smartphones.
But it seems that the smartphone will pack some interesting features. The upcoming device will have six cameras: a 13-megapixel rear one for stills and video, a front-facing one video calls and Mayday (Amazon’s live tech support), and four IR cameras which will be used to track face and eye position to create a 3D glass-free experience. Here are more details:
The device’s extra cameras are used to track the position of the user’s face and eyes in relation to the phone’s display. This allows Amazon’s software to make constant adjustments to the positioning of on-screen elements, altering the perspective of visuals on the screen. The result is a 3D experience without the need for 3D glasses or a parallax barrier in front the LCD panel like the solutions used by the Nintendo 3DS portable video game console and HTC’s EVO 3D smartphone from 2011. We’re told there are several areas of the phone’s software that utilize Amazon’s glasses-free 3D effects.
The 3D feature of the smartphone will be its unique selling proposition and Amazon will try to impress users right from the start on the lock screen, with several special wallpapers with perspectives that shift according to the holder’s head positioning. Also, the device is to be able to convert 2D photos from retail shops into 3D imagery. As for the software inside, it is said to run a heavily customized version of Google’s Android operating system, probably the same that it uses on its tablets.
There are no details at the moment with regards to its pricing, but it is expected to get released this summer. Also, it seems that it will initially be available only for customers from within the United States, which makes us think that Amazon could “impregnate” it with a lot of its own apps in order to transformer it into a small portal for content purchases from Amazon.