Amazon's high-end smartphone to use 4 sensors for 3D gesture and eye-tracking input

Amazon's high-end smartphone to use 4 sensors for 3D gesture and eye-tracking input
The oft-rumored Amazon phone is back in the news on Wednesday. The word today is that Amazon has hooked up with a number of Asian compact camera module manufacturers to allow for 3D gesture and eye tracking input on a new smartphone. The phone, which is scheduled for a release in the second quarter of 2014, will have new and unique methods of inputting information. It is expected that Taiwanese manufacturer HTC will be working on the handset with Amazon.

Insiders say that the phone will have six compact camera modules, four of which will be VGA senors placed at each corner of the device in order to catch 3D gestures and for eye tracking. The other two camera modules will be for the 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2MP front-facing snapper. The six modules will be made by three firms, Primax, Liteon, and Sunny Optical. Primax will be the primary source with the company providing more than half of the sensors being used.

The phone is part of a project codenamed "Mr. Smith" at Amazon which includes this high-end model which will also feature a 4.7 inch screen and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The lenses for this phone run $40 alone. This high-end model would compete with the Apple iPhone 5s, the Samsung Galaxy S5 (which should be out by the time the Amazon phone is released) and other top-shelf models. In addition, Amazon is also working on an entry-level model. Amazon's suppliers are producing parts on the assumption that Amazon will have 5 million to 10 million units of its new high-end smartphone shipped in 2014.

6 camera sensors are expected on the rumored Amazon high-end smartphone

6 camera sensors are expected on the rumored Amazon high-end smartphone


source: AppleInsider

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6 Comments

1. Ninetysix

Posts: 2933; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

But how well will it do on offscreen tests?

4. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Point.

5. MistB

Posts: 581; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I don't care about benchmarks, they don't really translate into real world performance. I just care about the technology this will implement and it sounds quite interesting.

2. amats69

Posts: 1527; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

interesting! but lets just wait and see on what will Amazon offer us next year..2014 really is an exciting year on mobile world!

3. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Not only 2014 but next all years will be interesting.

6. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2255; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

Interesting ...in the future it may not be just cellphone or smartphone since every thing is in one and keeps added more ....what's next?...

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