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Amazon Announces 4.7-Inch ‘Fire Phone’ Smartphone [u]

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The rumours were true: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos today unveiled the retail giant’s new foray into hardware, the Fire Phone smartphone. The Amazon smartphone has a 4.7-inch HD display, aluminium buttons, a 13MP rear camera, an f/2.0 five-element lens, optical image stabilization, and a set of stereo speakers that Bezos said are better than any average phone (via The Verge).

The Fire Phone is powered by a quad-core 2.2GHz processor, features Adreno 330 graphics, and has 2GB of RAM. Since it has a higher-megapixel camera, Bezos expressed his belief that the Fire Phone will take better photos than the iPhone 5s.

An interesting addition to the Fire Phone is a dedicated camera shutter that launches the camera app, and users will tend to shoot many photos thanks to the free unlimited photo storage, which compares to Apple’s iCloud storage options.

The Fire Phone is designed to work with Amazon’s services: With X-Ray users can get information about what they are watching, it also has an AirPlay-like system to push content to the TV, and the ASAP feature caches videos and start streams in an instant, not to mention Prime Music, Prime Video, etc.

Amazon’s Fire Phone has a total of five front-facing cameras used for a 3D interface (kind of) called Dynamic Perspective. Thanks to its advanced head-tracking capabilities (the Fire Phone is constantly looking at you), the 3D images on the phone change as the user changes the perspective.

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The custom-designed sensor system, branded as Dynamic Perspective, also means a green light for one-handed shortcuts such as tilt for panels, swivel for access to important notifications (Mayday, Flashlight, Settings, etc.), peek in maps to see Yelp ratings (as seen in the video), and one-handed reading, thanks to auto-scroll.

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The Fire Phone comes with Firefly technology, which identifies million of objects: phone numbers, websites, email addresses, movies, TV channels, music, and household items. It also lets users buy these items with a press of a button.

Amazon’s smartphone is available exclusively through AT&T for $199 on a two-year term for the 32GB model. The 64GB model will cost $299. You can also buy it outright for $649, but you’ll only get it starting July 25. For a limited time, the device includes one year of Prime.

Image credit: The Verge, Amazon

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  • adamr

    prob a nice phone, but the way carrier pricing are going, my next phone will be off contract. I like my iphone but i wont pay 800$ for a phone, so sadly it will prob be what ever variant of nexus is out there, or along them lines.

  • Chrome262

    with tax and the like it won’t be much cheaper. And I got min 5s really cheap, On contract mind you. And most carriers are buying back phones so you can add that as well as whatever bonus dollars a carrier offers now, like Fido, Got two 5s 32 gig for 100 cash, Oh and the fire phone, looks like it would be a huge battery drain, if the cameras are always on.

  • BrodieTheDog

    Fire phone? Can you light up with it? Use it as a crack torch possibly? What will they think of next? Ice phone? It’s bad enough we have smart phones. Hahaha.

  • Erik Kappel

    I’m inclined to assume there is no word on this coming to Canada?

  • Duff surly

    The specs don’t make this mind blowing awesome. Seems to be just another smartphone not a great phone. I’m putting my money on iphone 6 becoming the push for innovation.

  • iFone

    Not convinced. Gimmicky enough to affect Galaxy S5 sales though.

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