After the success of Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablet, it is pretty natural that the company will work on smartphones next.
Rumors say that the highly anticipated release of the Amazon’s first smartphone will be on June 18, or shortly after. Some images of the said device got leaked and though not official, several sources claim that those purported images may be a possible prototype.
There are speculations that the codename of the handset is said to be ‘Duke’ or Kindle Fire smartphone and it is rumored to be a “budget device”. But it doesn’t mean that it will just be a hunk of a junk.
Affordable and cheap has always been the price game of the Amazon for them to further expand their digital content distribution.
Kevin Chang, a CitiGroup analyst said in 2011, “For a normal brand like HTC, they need to price the product at $243 to make ?30% gross margin. If Amazon is actually willing to lose some money on the device, the price gap could be even bigger.”
This means that the Amazon Phone’s price could be as low as $170 or even $150. But surely, they will make up for the difference in the same way they did with the Kindle Fire tablet.
When users use the device, they will only need to do some tilts with the handset to perform certain actions?(at least some of them) without touching the controls. Also, rumor has it that Amazon will be putting a chat-to app called ‘Evi’ on the device similar to Apple’s ‘Siri’.
According to DigiTimes, they say that it will be a 4.7-inch handset with a 720p display, powered by a Snapdragon by Qualcomm processor and 2GB of RAM.
The Amazon Phone is going to be housing six whopping cameras that will play a key role in the Amazon Phone. The main camera in the rear seems to be 13MP and has a special optical character recognition. It can convert and interpret texts that are captured with it. Of course, it has a standard-issue front facer for selfies and video chats.
The other four front cameras are one of the standout features of the rumored handset. These cameras are low-power infrared snappers that works with the use of sensors that tracks user’s eyes and faces. It aids the device’s software to make adjustments to generate 3D visual effects.
And because ?3D? is the device’s standout element, Amazon apparently included the effect wherever possible.
So be sure to look out for application icons jumping from the screen and view wallpapers while shifting in three-dimensional effects.
There are also some rumors that Amazon is working on more than one device. The one that they will be releasing on June 18 is likely to be the higher-end variant, and an entry-level, which is the lower-end version but in a highly competitive price, is said to arrive later on.
These are the words that came from BGR, the source of several Amazon Phone rumors.