Earlier at a press event, Amazon has finally decided to put an end to all the rumors, and announced its long rumored smartphones. We’ve heard about the alleged handset several times in the past few months, but the retailer kept quite, but not any more. The retailer has released its first smartphone dubbed as Amazon Fire phone. Is the device worth all the hype it received? Read on to find out more about what the device has to offer, along with its release date and pricing.
1. Display and Design
The device comes with a 4.7-inch display boasting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels with a 315 ppi pixel density. The device measures 139.2 x 66.5 x 8.9 mm and weighs only 160 grams. Interestingly, the company mentions that Amazon Fire phone is built using premium materials, including Gorilla Glass 3 on the front and back, aluminium buttons, stainless steel details and a rubberized polyurethane grip area. There are dual-speakers on the front with Dolby Digital to provide users with an exceptional audio experience.
2. Performance, Storage and Battery
The device is said to offer exceptional performance, and comes with a quad-core Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2.2GHz with Adreno 330 GPU. The phone also features a 2,400 mAh battery, which the company claims can provide “uncompromised battery life.”
The device comes with two storage options: 32GB and 64GB. It should be more than enough since the company is providing unlimited cloud storage for photos on the Amazon cloud drive. The images are automatically backed up so that you can access them on any Amazon device, and Amazon cloud drive apps for easy access any time, any where.
3. Camera and Dynamic Perspective technology
Amazon Fire Phone comes with a 13MP camera with 5-element f/2.0 lens and optical image stabilization, as well as a LED flash, HDR, and can take good photos in low-light conditions. There’s a 2.1MP front-facing camera as well which offers users the ability to capture 1080p HD videos.
One of the most interesting thing is the Dynamic Perspective Technology. There are four ultra-low power specialized cameras and four infrared LEDs on the front side of the device, a unique head-tracking system which changes the phone the way you look at it — in simple terms, 3D interface, created with the help of the four front-facing cameras. The company has released an SDK for Dynamic Perspective as well, which can help developers make use of this feature.
4. Firefly Technology
This is another interesting feature, a tool which quickly recognizes anything it looks at, such as “web and email addresses, phone numbers, QR and bar codes, plus over 100 million items, including movies, TV episodes, songs, and products.” It can identify almost anything, and quickly offer users to buy the product from Amazon. The feature can help users identify numbers and email address, and give users a quick way to make calls or email people, using the capture information from a printed paper.
5. Other Features
The device comes with 4G LTE connectivity and supports nine bands, but at the moment, it’s only available from AT&T, which means that you may leave the Amazon store disappointed if you’re on any other carrier. On top of all the features, Amazon Fire Phone comes with Fire OS 3.5, a forked version of Android which is also found on the Amazon Kindle tablets.
The OS also give users the ability to either choose from a carousel-style app grid app which is usually the way they are displayed on the Kindle tablets, or choose an interface that gives you some feel of Android. The device also comes with deep Amazon integration, providing you access to millions of products and services offered by Amazon. It also offers free content for Prime subscribers, so the smartphone has something to offer to those who use Amazon services.
6. Release Date And Pricing
The device will be exclusively available from AT&T, and will start shipping on July 25th. The 16GB version will cost $199 with a two-year contract, while the 32GB version will come with a higher $299 price tab, obviously tied to a two-year contract. Customers also have an option to get the phone the AT&T Next plan, with fixed monthly payments. Customers interested in the handset can pre-order the device from Amazon or AT&T. If you don’t want to sign up for a contract, you’ll have to shell out $649 for the 32GB version, while the 64GB version carries a $749 price tag.