Amazon's first smartphone pictured again, looks decent
After disrupting the tablet market with its Android-based Kindle Fire slates, Amazon is now getting ready to enter the smartphone market, too. The company’s very first smartphone should be officially announced in June - or at least that’s what the latest reports are indicating.
We saw a few images of the Amazon handset in April, but those showed the device covered in a protective case. Well, now the smartphone appeared in a new image, and this time we can take a very good look at it.
The authenticity of this new image - the one seen above - was reportedly verified by “multiple sources” that talked to BGR. It’s said that the image is being used internally by Amazon’s graphic designers. While there’s nothing stunning (or original) about the way that the handset looks, we think that Amazon did a pretty good job designing it - although that hardware home button might not be to everyone’s taste.
Specs-wise, the first Amazon smartphone should offer a 4.7-inch 720p display, 2GB of RAM, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and a 13MP rear camera (which seemingly has an LED flash). The handset should use a customized version of Google’s Android, reportedly coming with a 3D UI, and unique tilt-based gestures. Four infra-red camera sensors found at the corners of the device’s front will allow the software to modify the 3D UI based on users' position.
Amazon may start selling its smartphone in September, possibly offering a Prime Data plan with it. The handset’s price isn’t known at the moment, but we don’t think it will be too high anyway. It is believed that the Amazon smartphone will be available only in the US - at least for the beginning. You can let us know if you like what you’re seeing thus far in the comments below.