Stories of an Amazon smartphone have been around for a while, with speculation reaching its peak just before the introduction of the Kindle Fire HD last year. Since then, information has continued to flow, including reports the phone had been suffering from delays.
Now, the Wall Street Journal has published a report saying Amazon is working on not one, but two phones, and that one of them will be a top-of-the-range device with a glasses-free 3D screen. Additionally, it will feature eye-tracking technology, similar to that which was rumoured for the Galaxy S4, which will make images look as if they’re floating – hologram style – above the display.
The WSJ‘s sources say Amazon hopes the special screen will make its phone standout, but aside from talk of a Qualcomm processor and 4G LTE connectivity, nothing else is mentioned about the specification. Known internally as the Alphabet Projects, there’s no word on the release of the 3D phone, its sister device, nor a streaming audio gadget and set-top box Amazon is also supposedly working on.
So is a 3D phone likely? It certainly comes as a surprise, as regardless of the special eye-tracking tech, 3D screens haven’t really taken off on mobile, with the LG Optimus 3D and the HTC Evo 3D both falling into obscurity soon after release. While it would make the Amazon phone standout, it’s not clear whether it would make anyone buy it.
However, it’s important to remember that at the moment, there’s no indication this is anything other than a rumour or evidence of a prototype device which may never go on sale. Sounds intriguing though.