Amazon's first smartphone (prototype) allegedly photographed, some features revealed

Amazon's first smartphone (prototype) allegedly photographed, some features revealed
The long-rumored Amazon smartphone that should be introduced later this year appeared today in a set of photos that present it to the world for the very first time.

The photos were published by BGR, and show the alleged Amazon handset in a protective case which, unfortunately, hides its sides, top and bottom. BGR says that this is a prototype. However, the website received word on some of the features that the device will reportedly include at launch: a 4.7-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels, 13MP rear camera, 2GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon processor (unknown model).

Apparently, Amazon has been working on this handset for years. One of its main selling points should be a "unique" 3D user interface that's unlike anything we’ve seen so far. The device seemingly has four "low-powered infrared" camera sensors in each corner of its front panel. These can track the position of a user’s eyes and face, thus allowing the software to adjust the aspect of on-screen elements. According to BGR's sources, 3D effects will be widely used across the interface - wallpapers, app icons, maps, and Amazon's own stores (users should be able to view product images in 3D by shifting the position of the phone). 

While this hasn't been specified, the Amazon handset will likely run a customized variant of Android - just like Amazon's Kindle Fire tablets.

The name of Amazon’s first smartphone is not known at the moment, and neither is its price. It’s said that the company will introduce a second handset after the one that’s pictured below, a handset that should be cheaper, offering lower-end features.

Earlier this week, The Wall Street Journal reported that Amazon was planning to announce its first smartphone at the end of June, with the intent of releasing it in September. BGR says that the handset will initially be available in the US - which makes perfect sense.


source: BGR

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27 Comments

1. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

So to use this phone to its full capability I would need sufficient light all the time... no thanks. Plus, if I want to see an item in 3D, I'll just go to the store to check it out and purchase it on Amazon. haha

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

This just a prototype....SO the ned phone will be much better.... Btw if Apple released a 3D smartphone you will be like WOW this the INNOVATION of this century...

5. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I was talking about its four front facing camera. The feature is supposed to detect my eye and face movement. So without sufficient light, they wouldn't work. Just like the duo camera on HTC One M8. Digest my comment a bit before replying. Plus, don't put me on the Apple side... I don't think they really invent anything, but instead they have most of their engineers run around out there to find the coolest technology that they can market the heck out of and make tons of money. But Apple sure know how to market and put some good stuff together in a phone. That's why they are making big money.

10. bbblader

Posts: 590; Member since: Oct 24, 2011

They are making big money,because most of the people that use the iPhone think it's the best smartphone ever,because it's premium and other bull crap like that.

12. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

Can't agree more. Apple makes good phone, but not the best out there.

23. blattlaus

Posts: 75; Member since: Dec 12, 2010

"The device seemingly has four "low-powered infrared" camera sensors in each corner of its front panel." Google infared.

15. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2432; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

No, you wouldn't because the cameras utilize "low-powered infrared sensors" which would mean they can detect movement even in the dark. This technology is similar to the Microsoft Kinect system.

16. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

The kinect system projects, turn of the lights and use a camera and you'll see them.

20. DillWeed

Posts: 150; Member since: Mar 14, 2014

INFRARED sensors

27. Neutral

Posts: 30; Member since: Oct 19, 2013

No, you actually won't, the cameras are for sensing IR. So no need for light.

2. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

Looks like first gen LUMIAS.... But still it's prototype... So the end design will be much better i think...

17. vandroid

Posts: 405; Member since: Sep 04, 2012

Thats a case to hide the design of the device

24. aksa123

Posts: 367; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

Lumia 920.

25. express77 unregistered

nokia n8.

3. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

Did they take a Lumia 900 to cover the real phone?

6. NexusX

Posts: 613; Member since: May 16, 2013

Didn't HTC make a 3D phone and no one cared?

7. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

I wouldnt say no one cared.....LG did too I think. Its just that the overall experience wasnt too good. Mainly battery life I think. Forums were alive when both phones launched....general public might be another story...

8. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

The HTC Evo 3D and LG also made the Optimus 3D. Yeah.. no one cares about 3D display and record functions. However, I think what Amazon is trying to with this 3D display technology is to allow you to see the item on Amazon in almost like 360 degree view. It would be nice to see what I am buying in 3D for sure, but I don't think it's going to gain any traction.

13. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

Didn't Aluratek, Barnes & Noble's, Elonex, and Jinke make e-readers before the kindle came out?

9. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Looks better than SGS5, IMO

11. Jinto

Posts: 436; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

I tipped them 4 hours ago...

14. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

3D User interface meh. That reminded me of an app costing $18-TSF shell launcher. I gave it a shot geez what a fugly cluttered launcher and waste of good money. Seriously.

18. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2359; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

That wasn't 3D, this will be stereoscopic 3D, my guess... I have that shitty as well. .. Waste of money

19. Nexus4lifes

Posts: 298; Member since: Feb 13, 2014

Looks like a lumia with those fake huge bezels and boxy design... :)

21. eman99

Posts: 410; Member since: Aug 03, 2010

Holy bezel batman

22. hemedans

Posts: 757; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

holy s**t, its pervy sage

26. fendetto

Posts: 12; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

remind me n9

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