It finally looks like Amazon will release its first smartphone this year, and thanks to tech site BGR, we’ve been given an early look at the device. Well, we say an early look, but the phone is actually all wrapped up in a cunning disguise, meant to stop us (and its competitors) getting a good look at the design before it goes on sale.
There is one aspect which can’t be disguised though, and that’s the presence of four small, front facing camera lenses, one mounted at each corner of the screen. These are used for tracking eye movements, giving the user interface a cool 3D effect without the need for a parallax barrier (like the Nintendo 3DS) or a pair of silly glasses.
Amazon will incorporate the 3D effect into the main screens, certain wallpapers, and even some of its online stores. The report specifically mentions the music and book store as getting a 3D makeover. Additionally, Amazon is working with developers to bring third-party 3D apps to the phone.
Outside of the 3D interface, the phone sounds similar to Motorola’s Moto X. It’s said to have a 4.7-inch, 720p display, a Snapdragon processor with 2GB of RAM, plus a 13 megapixel rear camera. According to BGR’s sources, Amazon is also working on a cheaper, more basic phone too, but it’ll be the 3D model which will debut first.
Sadly, like the Kindle Fire tablets, Amazon is expected to put the phone, which has yet to be given a name, on sale in America first. Previous rumours have linked the device with a June launch, ready to go on sale in September.