The first press shot of Amazon’s upcoming debut smartphone has leaked online, revealing a handset with a 4.7-inch screen.
Published by BGR and verified by “multiple trusted sources”, the image is a computer rendering created for internal use by Amazon’s graphic designers.
There’s a polished and chamfered bezel similar to that of the iPhone 5s and HTC One (M8), while the back and sides appear to be made from two types of black plastic.
Aimed at the budget to mid-range of the smartphone market, Amazon’s first phone will reportedly have a 720p high definition screen and be powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM.
Like its Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon’s phone will run a heavily modified (or ‘forked’) version of Android.
The phone’s party piece, however, will be an array of four 3D cameras. The extra cameras are used “to track the position of the user’s face and eyes in relation to the phone’s display. This allows Amazon’s software to make constant adjustments to the positioning of on-screen elements, altering the perspective of visuals on the screen”.
BRG’s sources claim these cameras will create a 3D experience without the need for 3D glasses or a parallax barrier in front of the screen, as used by the Nintendo 3DS games console.
Given 3D will be the Amazon phone’s party piece, the company plans to use the technology throughout the custom Android interface, starting at the lock screen with a range of 3D wallpapers.
Another use of 3D will apparently be to adjust the view of the Maps app by moving the phone; a similar effect will be used in Amazon’s many digital stores, letting users see items in 3D before purchasing them.