April 15, 2014
Amazon isn't likely to unveil its first smartphone for a few more months. Nonetheless, BGR has released what it claims are the very first images of the device. A word of caution: the photos don’t give too much away. The report admits, "As can be seen in the images, the device is covered by a protective shell intended to prevent people without authorization from seeing the physical design of the phone. Some areas of the photos have also been blocked or otherwise obscured by BGR." Alongside these edited photos, the report claims that Amazon’s phone will measure 4.7-inch diagonally and feature 720p HD resolution. It will also include a 3-D software interface and a hardware mechanism that enables it. According to BGR, the unnamed device will have a total of six cameras, including one in the rear that will feature a resolution of 13 megapixels. A standard front-facing camera is to be used for video chats as well as Amazon’s Mayday customer service feature. The four remaining cameras, all front-facing, will help facilitate the device’s 3-D effects. BGR believes Amazon will release two handsets, with the first being announced in the next “two to three months.” Both models will run a customized version of Google’s Android operating system. This model will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and include 2GB of RAM. The second model will be similar, but “will feature lower-end specs and a very competitive retail price.” Last week, The Wall Street Journal became the first news outlet to report Amazon would be releasing a 3-D smartphone later this year. Amazon will score points for bringing 3-D to smartphones without the need for glasses. However, the device's other likely features are underwhelming, at best. The Amazon phone's 4.7-inch diagonal screen, for example, may match that of Apple's upcoming "iPhone 6." Nonetheless, it's smaller in size than recently introduced Android phones from HTC and Samsung. The device's rumored 720p HD resolution is also nothing to get excited about. We'll continue to follow this story, and let you know when new developments present themselves. In the meantime, see: Amazon's Cloud Drive Photos App Receives A Big Update, The Amazon Fire TV Review: The Good And The Bad And What It Means For Apple, and What Will Happen To The Comics App Now That Amazon Is Buying ComiXology?