It?s now official. The Amazon Fire Phone is real. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos introduced the Amazon Fire smartphone during an event in Seattle yesterday. Bezos said in a statement: ?Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand?.
The Amazon Fire will be available on July 25 on AT&T?s wireless network at a starting price of $199 for the 32 GB model with a 2 year contract. A 64 GB version will also be available at a starting price of $299.
Amazon is entering uncharted territory with their new hardware venture. Their hardware line includes the Kindle line of e-readers, tablets, and the Fire TV set top box but the smartphone industry is another thing entirely.
Here are a few burning (pun intended) frequently asked questions so far:
What exactly is Dynamic Perspective?
It?s probably the biggest feature the Fire has revealed thus far. According to Amazon, the head and eye tracking technology enables the Fire phone to do things that are ?not possible on other smartphones?. This new technology allows the Fire to respond to how a user manipulates the phone. For example, you will be able to navigate apps and web pages on the phone using auto scrolling or simply tilting the device. Another would be the implications in terms of gaming like how players can simply move their head to look around corners or above obstacles.
How does it work?
The smartphone uses a combination of 4 ultra-low power corner cameras, a dedicated processor, 4 infrared LEDs on the face, real time computer vision algorithms, and a graphics rendering engine that is used to track the user?s head movements in real time.
Aside from Dynamic Perspective, there is also Firefly. It uses text, image, and audio recognition to pick out anything from a song to a phone number. For instance, you can capture an image of an email address and automatically add it in your Contacts. Amazon added that third party app developers like StarHub and iHeartRadio will create apps that build on this technology.
What is battery life going to be like with these new technologies?
To be honest, it?s not clear yet and we?ll find out for sure when the device gets released. What we do know is that the phone will have a 2400 mAH battery that they claim can handle up to 22 hours of talk time or 285 hours in standby mode.
How about the phone specifications?
The Amazon Fire comes with a 4.7 inch HD display. Aside from that, it also comes with LTE support, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.2 GHz processor, dual stereo speakers, a 13 MP rear camera, and 2 GB of RAM.
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