Amazon's unique 3D smartphone likely to be announced on June 18

Amazon just revealed that it’ll host a launch event later this month, on June 18. The company doesn’t say exactly what it’s going to unveil then, but the event’s teaser webpage and teaser video strongly suggest that it will announce its very first smartphone (we can even see the phone at 0:40 in the video).

The teaser video shows different people reacting to what we believe to be Amazon’s smartphone - which, as previously noted, should come with a 3D UI and unique tilt-based gestures. As seen in the video (embedded below), people are quite amazed by what Amazon is showing them, mentioning that they’ve never seen anything like that, or that it’s “very real life”, and “it moved with me” (presumably talking about the handset’s UI). Moreover, one more hint for the upcoming tilt and gesutre-based interface is right in the invitations for the event: Amazon specifically calls out developers who have experience in developing apps with gyroscope and accelerometer-focus. It even asks if they have interest in exploring a totally "novel" sensor, so we can definitely expect something very new in two weeks.

Apart from the novel UI, the Amazon smartphone is expected to offer mid-range features, likely in order to keep costs down: a 4.7-inch 720p display, quad-core Snapdragon processor (unknown model), 2GB of RAM, and a 13MP rear camera. Like Amazon's Kindle Fire slates, the upcoming handset may run a modified version of Android. We assume that the smartphone will be available only in the US, though that remains to be seen. Previous rumors correctly pointed out that the phone would be unveiled by the end of June, with a wide Stateside launch expected for September.

source: Amazon (1), (2)



1. Sauce unregistered

Looks like iPhone

3. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

its definitely fighting the iPhone for that king bezel spot..

4. Sauce unregistered

Like that Xperia T3

7. sipha

Posts: 440; Member since: May 12, 2012

No, not like it at all..

10. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

For me it looks like a mix of Nexus 4 + iPhone + Samsung Galaxy button.

12. Sauce unregistered

True, now that you mention it

2. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

Definitely looking forward to this!

13. engineer-1701d unregistered

I think it's going be something like a parallax display if not it'll be close to Samsung's tilt feature the way you move the phone and it moves the items behind it by motion

5. NoFanboy

Posts: 300; Member since: Nov 18, 2013

It'll probably not look anything like that prototype... That looks like a nexus 4

11. AfterShock

Posts: 4146; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Sure does look like a N4.

6. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

I can 99.99% this device has 3D screen :D :D I've been the same with the HTC EVO 3D :D :D

15. Arte-8800

Posts: 4562; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

Htces best phone ever I loved that phone

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

-No One Ever

8. mr.techdude

Posts: 571; Member since: Nov 19, 2012

Get ready for a surge in optometrist businesses.

9. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well. I'm willing to give a new Amazon OS fork a try. I have over 1,100 paid apps from the FAOTD give aways on the Amazon Appstore. Not a lot are very useful but free is free. The kids love all the kids apps they've given away.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Amazon Android hardware is really not so great. It's overhyped and has a lot of problems. I think Amazon could be a far more interesting seller of content if they stopped making their own proprietary platforms.

16. meanestgenius

Posts: 22049; Member since: May 28, 2014

I, for one, am very much looking forward to seeing what this phone can do.

17. Max_Boost

Posts: 101; Member since: Sep 22, 2012

Only 720p though?

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