By now you should already be aware that Amazon has just unveiled its first ever smartphone running on the Android platform called the Amazon Fire Phone. It’s an impressive piece of device that combines the company’s hardware experience in building tablets with its outstanding content service. What’s probably one of the best features of this device is its use of 3D technology that tracks a user with front-facing cameras.
The Amazon Fire Phone will hit the market this coming July 25 and will be an AT&T exclusive. The 32GB model sells for $199 while the 64GB model sells for $299, both offered under a two year contract. This device is also available off contract which costs $649 for the 32GB model and $749 for the 64GB model. Consumers interested in getting this model can now pre-order it at the Amazon website.
One new feature of this model is called “Firefly” which allows a user to identify and ultimately buy the things in the immediate surroundings. This feature makes use of the camera of the phone to identify objects such as food, books, movies, games, and a whole lot more simply just by pointing the camera at them.
Firefly is a major feature of this phone that in fact it even has a dedicated button on its side. This allows consumers easy access to Amazon’s services.
One other interesting feature of this device is its use of 3D technology which the company calls as “Dynamic Perspective”. This technology change the way the content on the screen appears depending on which angle the user is viewing it on. This is achieved with the help of four specialized cameras that track the eye movement of a user.
Dynamic Perspective allows a user to view images with a sense of depth and even look around onscreen objects. This feature will come in handy when viewing maps, playing games, or even just seting the homescreen wallpaper.
- OS: Fire OS 3.5.0
- Size: 5.5″ x 2.6″ x 0.35″ (139.2mm x 66.5mm x 8.9mm)
- Weight: 5.64 ounces (160 grams)
- CPU: 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800
- GPU: Adreno 330 GPU
- RAM: 2GB
- Internal Storage: 32GB / 64GB
- Display: 4.7″ HD LCD display, with 1280 x 720 resolution at 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness (typical), 1000:1 contrast ratio
- Rear Camera: 13 MP rear-facing camera, multi-frame HDR, auto focus, optical image stabilization, f/2.0 5-element wide aperture lens, LED flash
- Front Camera: 2.1 MP
- Video Recording: 1080p HD video recording at 30 fps (front- and rear-facing cameras)
- Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac Wi-Fi, up to 300 Mbps with channel bonding; Bluetooth 3.0 wireless technology; NFC enabled
- Sensors: Dynamic Perspective sensor system with invisible infrared illumination, gyroscope, accelerometer, magnetometer, barometer, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
- Battery: 2400mAh. Talk time: up to 22 hours; standby time: up to 285 hours. Video playback: up to 11 hours; audio playback: up to 65 hours.
The Amazon Fire Phone looks very good on paper and knowing the quality products released by Amazon we are sure that this device will deliver. Its main advantage (or disadvantage) is that it is deeply integrated with Amazon services. How this device will fare compared to other Android devices will be known once it gets released in the coming days.