With a substantial interest in the tablet market through its Kindle Fire range, it’s looking very much as though Amazon’s next objective will be to deliver its very own smartphone. Just last week, we heard reports that said device would feature a 3D display, and now, a bunch of intriguing details – including the handset’s supposed tech. specs – have just been leaked into the wild.
Credit for this particular scoop goes to BGR, which offers key insight into what Amazon has up its sleeve. As well as elaborating on just how the glasses-free 3D display will work its magic, the report also offers a first look at the device itself, and although it looks very similar to the Nokia Lumia 800, it is said that the Amazon smartphone will offer a unique experience quite unlike anything we’ve seen so far.
When I first heard that Amazon could be throwing a 3D display into its inaugural smartphone effort, my instinctive thought was that it was probably going to be a gimmick, using the 3D effects as a USP in order to find a place in such a crowded market. But as per the BGR report, there’s a great deal more to it than that, with Amazon having worked to build a meticulously-crafted three-dimensional platform that, from what we’re hearing, will blow minds.
BGR has liaised with "multiple trusted sources," and discovered that the device, which may hit the retail market in the next couple of months, will pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor allied to 2GB of RAM. The photos you see are of a prototype model, and even though the focus of Amazon’s attention appears to be on one handset at this point in time, the retail giant is planning several subsequent releases aimed at different areas of the market.
BGR has a pretty solid track record when it comes to info relating to forthcoming Amazon devices, so we’re relatively convinced that the details mentioned in its report are true.
A high-end device packing that 3D display will release first, and having been in development for the past few years, is more than just an extension of Amazon’s tablet success. Sure, the Kindle Fire range has found a place in the busy tablet market forged by the Apple iPad, but rather than merely releasing a token smartphone to accompany its sizeable range of slates, the Amazon smartphone range could be even more significant than any of the handhelds that company has released so far.
As well as including 2GB of RAM and a workhorse processor from Qualcomm, the top-end device will also pack a 4.7-inch display, although it will only be a 720p offering. But with six front-facing cameras and some impressive accompanying software powering the 3D display, it’s fair to say that even at 720p, this panel will impress.
In order to show off the 3D-ness of the display, there’ll be a bunch of special wallpapers thrown in at stock level, and with various icons and UI elements also manipulatable, it’s no surprise that Amazon is looking to open up its technology to third-party developers.
Given the new information that has come to light, we’re very, very excited about the prospect of the Amazon smartphone range, and we cannot wait to see the 3D technology demonstrated at the launch event — whenever that may be.