Today is a big day for Amazon. After over a year of planning, careful research and development followed by many months of hard work and countless rumors, the retailer’s first smartphone is finally official. Just moments ago, at a special event in Seattle the company announced the Fire Phone – a handsome-looking device packed with a bunch of cool features and access to Amazon’s most popular services. Luckily for us, anxious souls, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos was a good sport and revealed all the details we love to hear, from specs to pricing and availability.
Amazon Fire Phone with 3D Display & more…
Impatient potential buyers will be happy to know that the Fire Phone is already available for pre-order. The phone comes in two models with the only difference between the two being the amount of internal memory. You can choose unlocked and contract-free version with either 32 GB or 64 GB of storage for $649 and $749, respectively. If that’s too much for you, there is also a subsidized edition carried by AT&T, which obviously requires a new two-year contract. The prices go as follows – $199.99 for the 32 GB model and $299.99 for the 64 GB variant. The phone will start shipping on July 25th.
It appears that most rumors were spot-on and the Amazon Fire Phone offers almost exactly what we expected it would. For starters, there’s the 4.7-inch IPS LCD display with 1280 x 720 resolution, pixel density of 315 ppi, 590 nits of brightness and Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection. Also present is the 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with Adreno 330 GPU and assistance from 2 GB of RAM for smooth performance.
Photographic experience is delivered by a 13-megapixel rear camera with f/2.0 aperture, optical image stabilization and dedicated hardware key, as well as a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting and selfies. There’s also a 2400 mAh battery, dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus surround sound, and the usual set of connectivity options including LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC.
With technical part covered, let’s now move to the neat features that make the Fire special. As you may remember, earlier reports regarding the Amazon phone focused mostly on its rumored 3D screen. The rumors turned out true, though in real life the 3D feature doesn’t appear to be as impressive as it seemed in theory.
Called Dynamic Perspective, the feature adds cool visual effects to the content you are viewing allowing you to see more information from apps, play games, resize images, scroll through web pages, and move various “layers” of the user interface around. Amazon managed to achieve the 3D effect by placing four additional cameras on the front panel which constantly track the position of the user’s head.
Another novelty is a feature called Firefly which uses the phone’s camera and microphone to recognize objects, sounds and images around you, find them it the database and suggest actions you might want to take in regard with the object. For example, if the phone “sees” a book, it offers you an option to purchase it from Amazon. The same way you can buy songs and rent TV shows and movies. Amazon also brought to the Fire Phone a few features from the Kindle Fire tablets, such as X-Ray for identifying actors from movies, and Mayday for free 24/7 support from Amazon team.
The Fire Phone runs Android-based Fire OS 3.5.0 with Amazon services integration and comes with a year of Amazon Prime gratis. You also get free unlimited photo storage in Amazon Cloud Drive. If it’s not enough encourage you to grab the Fire, the box also includes premium tangle-free headphones with remote and mic.
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