There are two sides to Amazon's new Fire Phone. On the one hand is the technology, Amazon experimenting with face tracking and optical recognition. On the other is the price and AT&T exclusivity; many believed Amazon would try to shake up the phone industry with its pricing, not match it. I've spent some time with the Fire Phone today: read on for some first impressions.
The Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed this afternoon complete with a set of features unique to its hardware and software builds. Starting with a 4.7-inch, 1280 x 720 display with LCD technology and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor under the hood, this device aims to take on the high-end market with specifications that don’t always beat the high end.
The Amazon Fire Phone has arrived exclusively on AT&T in two editions, both rolling out with a full suite of Amazon products and services. The smaller of these devices works with 32GB of internal storage, while the larger will roll with 64GB of internal storage. The device’s launch date appears to be the same regardless of size, set for July 25th, 2014.
3D on phones is back, and it's Amazon giving it a try this time with Dynamic Perspective on the new Fire Phone. Eschewing a "true" 3D display as we've seen before, the Fire Phone's system instead uses four front-facing cameras to track the user's eyes, and adjusts the on-screen UI so that the various layers shift around to give the impression of 3D.
Amazon's all about shopping, and the new Fire Phone is going to try to get users to do that entirely through its virtual shelves, with a new object recognition system called Firefly. Triggered with a dedicated button on the side of the smartphone, and capable of recognizing over 100,000,000 items according to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Firefly turns the camera into a combination barcode scanner and more.
The Amazon Fire Phone is being detailed this week with a pair of magnetic earbuds that come in the box. These earbuds are being pushed as specifically better for pockets than Apple’s stock earbuds with anti-tangle action as well as a design that’s strikingly similar to those that come with the iPhone.
Amazon will give all buyers of the new Fire Phone unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive, chief exec Jeff Bezos has announced today. Users of the new Android-based smartphone will be able to upload images shot with the Fire Phone's 13-megapixel main camera straight to Amazon's online storage, and share them from there.
The processor for the new Amazon Fire Phone has been revealed as Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800, the same SoC (system on chip) released on the most recent Kindle Fire model tablet. This processor was one of the biggest releases for Qualcomm back when they announced it in early 2013, sporting a coming to "virtually every global OEM" tag early on.