After a long road of rumormill, Amazon’s long-awaited smartphone could apparently be in the horizon and if we on today’s images of what looks to be an early prototype leaked by BGR we could be looking at the real thing. The phone which looks like a Nokia Lumia, is said to have a 4.7 inch screen at 720p display, a standard below the current 1080p resolution on flagship phones. The phone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 2GB of RAM.
The phone is believed to be a heavily equipped 3D phone with over five front-facing cameras. One will presumably used for pictures, video chat, and interacting with Amazon customer support via the company’s signature Mayday service in the US that exists on their tablets. But the four cameras located at each corner are more interesting, as they’re the secret behind Amazon’s “3D” experience.
The company doesn’t want users to physically wear 3D glasses or include specialized display technology as the phone relies on tracking technology to pull off its glasses-free 3D effect.BGR further claims that they follow the position of a user’s face and eyes to simulate a 3D perspective as the phone is moved around.
In a twist of disagreement, TechCrunch reported that there’s no eye tracking involved at all. The two sites also disagree on how much focus Amazon will place on this feature; BGR claims Amazon is trying to showcase the technology at every opportunity — starting with parallax effects on the lock screen — but TechCrunch says 3D will be “very limited out of the box.”
Amazon will announce the FireOS device by June, with plans to ship it to consumers by September. FireOS is Amazon’s forked version of Android.