All familiar with the mobile industry surely remember the Amazon Fire Phone. Released in 2014 the handset was poorly sold mostly due to the lack of Google services support. Apparently, three years later Amazon is working on a successor of the Fire Phone. Developed under the codename “Ice”, the new device arrives with Google’s suite of apps, including Google Play, Gmail or Maps and is said to be cheap.
Amazon is allegedly working on a new smartphone, the Fire successor. Dubbed “Ice” the new phone will most likely support Google Store and cost under $100.
Unlike the Amazon’s Fire Phone and a range of Fire tablets, the new Ice Phone will come with full access to all those apps and services we love so much in Android OS. However, even though some voices suggest that the digital assistant may be added later, quite surprisingly as for Amazon-branded device the Fire Phone will be most likely deprived of Alexa.
Moving on to the specs sheet, since the Ice Phone is reported to be more affordable than the Fire Phone, it will arrive with nothing more than decent hardware. Rumored to house a 5.2-inch to 5.5-inch screen panel the phone will be driven by a 1.4GHz Snapdragon 435 processor coupled with 2GB, 16GB of built-in storage and Adreno 505 GPU in charge of graphics.
Such processing parameters should guarantee undisturbed Android 7.1.1 Nougat performance the device runs out of box. In the camera department, the handset provides its users with a 13MP primary sensor. As for selfie snapper its details haven’t been confirmed yet. Connectivity options parameters are also unavailable, but we managed to learn that a fingerprint scanner set on the device’s back will take care of the phone’s users personal data.
The Ice Phone is expected to debut in the later part of the year. However, it isn’t likely to be available anywhere else except India, where it will be sold at the equivalent of something round $93. Support for Google’s services will surely help the device succeed where its predecessor failed. On the other hand, however, the lack of Alexa may be a factor that will discourage many from purchase decision.
source: Gadgets NDTV