Amazon smartphone images and spec details leak out

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| April 15, 2014

Amazon smartphone prototype leak

Rumors of an Amazon-made smartphone have been swirling for quite some time, but today may be the first time that we’re getting an actual look at the device itself.

BGR has shared several images of what it says is a prototype version of the Amazon smartphone. The unit is enclosed in a shell that’s meant to hide its true visage. According to BGR’s sources, this unit is packing a 4.7-inch 720p display, Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a secondary front-facing shooter.

That spec sheet may not be the most exciting one that we’ve ever seen, but the device’s software is said to be more interesting. The Amazon smartphone reportedly packs four additional front-facing cameras that track the position of the users face in order to adjust the position of on-screen content and alter the perspective of its visuals, giving a 3D experience without requiring the user to wear 3D glasses.

This 3D user experience will allegedly be used in several parts of the phone’s operating system. That includes app icons and core apps like the mapping app, as well as Amazon’s digital stores, will may let the user see 3D product images. Amazon is also said to be courting developers to have third-party apps that support this 3D experience ready at launch.

A recent report suggested that Amazon may be planning to announce its smartphone in June and ship it in September. It’s not clear how close the final product will look like this prototype, but Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets haven’t included much design beyond being black slabs, and so I wouldn’t be surprised if this smartphone ends up following that trend. 

Now that we’ve gotten our first peek at the oft-rumored Amazon smartphone, what do you all think? Does this device have your attention?

Amazon smartphone prototype leak 2