Amazon Announces Fire Phone

Posted Wed Jun 18, 2014 at 12:00 PM PDT by
Fire Phone

The upcoming smartphone features an HD screen with dynamic perspective technology. 

After months of speculation, Amazon has officially detailed the latest addition to its Fire line of products, the Fire Phone. The 4.7-inch mobile device is exclusive to AT&T and will launch on July 25. Pre-orders are now live!

Under the hood, the Fire Phone is powered by a 2.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU, with Adreno 330 GPU and 2GB of RAM, all running Fire OS 3.5.0. The smartphone features a 4.7-inch IPS screen with a resolution of 1280 x 720, 315 ppi, 590 cd/m2 brightness, and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. A 13MP rear camera with OIS, a 2.1MP front camera, and dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus are included as well.

What really makes the Fire Phone special, however, is its Dynamic Perspective Technology. Using four specially designed cameras, the phone is able to track a user's face, allowing the device to shift the perspective of the images on display as you tilt the phone. In addition, the Fire Phone also features Amazon's Mayday customer support; Firefly technology to identify phone numbers, movies, music, and a variety of real world items; and access to Amazon Instant Video, Music, and Kindle Books. Finally, the mobile device includes a premium tangle-free headset and uses a 2400mAh battery.

"Fire Phone puts everything you love about Amazon in the palm of your hand—instant access to Amazon's vast content ecosystem and exclusive features like the Mayday button, ASAP, Second Screen, X-Ray, free unlimited photo storage, and more," said Jeff Bezos, Amazon.com Founder and CEO. "The Firefly button lets you identify printed web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, artwork, and over 100 million items, including songs, movies, TV shows, and products—and take action in seconds. We invented a new sensor system called Dynamic Perspective that recognizes where a user's head is relative to the device—we use it to offer customers a more immersive experience, one-handed navigation, and gestures that actually work. And this is only the beginning—the most powerful inventions are the ones that empower others to unleash their creativity—that's why today we are launching the Dynamic Perspective SDK and the Firefly SDK—we can’t wait to see how developers surprise us."

The 32GB Amazon Fire Phone will start shipping on July 25 and will retail for $199 with a two year contract or $649 without a service plan. Meanwhile, the 64GB model will retail for $100 more. Likewise, for a limited time customers will get a free 12 month subscription to Amazon Prime with their purchase!

Source: Amazon

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